Our Performing Arts students have experienced a diverse range of live theatre across London this term.

In January, they attended the National Theatre’s Live Theatre Review Student Conference, learning how to write about theatre from a critic. They also participated in workshops with acclaimed physical theatre company, Gecko. These explored the company’s use of physicality and performers’ mother language in productions, and culminated in watching them perform Kin, their hugely moving physical retelling of refugee stories.

In February, students saw Samuel Takes a Break at the Yard Theatre. Set in 2019, Ghana’s Year of Return, it explored colonialism’s impact on British identity, a theme they were able to explore further when they met playwright Rhianna Ilube after her workshop at the UTC.

The adventures continued at Theatre Peckham, for Pilot Theatre’s production of A Song for Ella Grey, a retelling of the Orpheus myth produced as a piece of teen theatre, before concluding with a fast-paced adaptation of Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe.