The Drama Department at Winston are offering students the opportunity to perform in at least three productions this year, in professional theatres. Every year group is encouraged to participate and audition, with the younger students taking the opportunity to learn from our more seasoned performers!
Twelfth NightAs part of the annual national celebration of the works of Shakespeare, Winston is participating in the Shakespeare Festival for Schools. This year we will take a production of Twelfth Night to the Camberley Theatre on Monday 16th November 2015. There will also be a school performance on Thursday 12th November, at 7.00pm.
The Shakespeare Schools Festival is the UK’s largest youth drama festival and enables over 1,000 primary, secondary, and special schools to stage abridged Shakespeare productions in their local professional theatre. Winston students will be some of the 35,000 young people who will take to stages across the UK.
Les MiserablesAt least 180 students, representing evey year group, including the new year 7s, auditioned for parts in this challenging production.The cast list has now been published and work is underway. The production is held at The Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking, showcasing our school in the community, in the week beginning 1st February 2016. More details to follow.
National Theatre ConnectionsWe are delighted to have been selected to participate in this festival and now eagerly await the decision regarding the play we are to perform and the venue that has been assigned. Last year students from Winston performed at the Soho Theatre in London. This is an amazing opportunity for our students.
Connections is the National Theatre’s annual festival of new plays for youth theatres and schools. The 2015 Connections cycle involved:
- 10 Writers
- 255 Youth Theatre Companies
- 5,000 Young People
- 684 Performances
- 27 Partner Theatres
- 25,000 Audience Members
Connections began 20 years ago when teachers and directors told us that they wanted exciting and challenging new plays for young actors. Since then the NT has commissioned and published more than 140 plays for Connections, giving young people aged 13-19 across the UK and Ireland access to the very best new writing for theatre.
Connections gives young people experience of professional theatre-making. Their experience mirrors that of a company producing a new play in any theatre in the country. They create marketing campaigns, design sets and costumes, operate lighting and sound boards, stage-manage their performances.