The Year 11 GCSE drama group experienced theatre trips in September and October at Live Theatre in Newcastle.
‘Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour’ is a Live Theatre and National Theatre of Scotland co-production based on The Sopranos written by Alan Warner. It has been adapted for stage by Lee Hall.
‘Catholic girls go wild as the choir trip to Edinburgh goes badly wrong’.
The play features six choir girls who are visiting Edinburgh to take part in a musical festival. The girls are on the cusp of change and love, lust, pregnancy and death all spiral out of control in a single day. The play won awards at the Edinburgh Festival this year and is now on tour.
We enjoyed the venue as well as the fantastic play. Live Theatre is an intimate theatre with an unusual stage like a quarter circle. There are tables and chairs very close to the stage which is where we were sitting. This provides a fantastic atmosphere as you feel you are part of the play. It was brilliant, it made us laugh and cry and it was wonderful to see such excellent acting.
The second piece we saw was ‘Key Change’ presented by Open Clasp Theatre Company. It was a Friday evening performance and it was a special birthday !! The play was developed by women prisoners from Low Newton about themselves and their stories. This fits in very well with our coursework. The intention was for the piece to be performed to their peers in prison and then to tour male prisons in the North East. This is a hard hitting powerful piece of theatre which gave us an insight into the lives and true stories of female prisoners. It was a fantastic stimulus for our own work.
Our group was visited a couple of weeks later by the Artistic Director of Open Clasp, Catrina McHugh. She came to deliver a workshop and she was interested in hearing our thoughts about the piece and was impressed by the comments and views from the year 11 group……..so much so that she asked if we would take part in the testing phase of their newest piece of theatre which is about young people who are carers,’ Jumping Puddles’.