Schoolchildren work with Plymouth Theatre Royal
SCHOOLCHILDREN are getting ready to share what they have learned in getting a production from the page to the Theatre Royal stage.
The School Ties project covers every aspect of a play from writing the words and rehearsing the drama to performing the work, as well as the backstage tasks vital for a production and the all-important ticket sales and marketing.
The process began in the autumn, involving young people from Eggbuckland Community College and Austin Farm Primary School.
From January 30 to February 1 the curtain will go up on their plays in the Drum, the Theatre Royal’s second space.
Eggbuckland pupils have written and are now rehearsing A Girl Called Eva. It is a story of a shy girl who wants to fit in – but will revealing her secret help everyone to accept her?
Austin Farm children’s work is The Lemons’ Labyrinth Lives, following twins who go into foster care. As they adjust to their new situation, one seamlessly fits in and the other struggles with rejection.
Each school also has an offstage team responsible for marketing, house management and sales.
Theatre Royal professionals are leading the teams, as pupils gain experience of running their own production companies.
School Ties helps the children develop their creativity and build self-belief, while also working across the curriculum.
Tickets for the plays are available from the Theatre Royal box office.