On Friday evening, I accompanied year 9 and 10 drama students to the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle Under Lyme to see ‘My Mother Said I Never Should’ by Charlotte Keatley. This is a fabulous theatre where all productions are staged ‘in the round’ meaning that the stage is in the centre with the audience on all sides.
The story explores the lives and relationships of four generations of women: Doris, Margaret, Jackie and Rosie with their loves, expectations, and choices set against the huge social changes of the twentieth century.
Theatre visits are vital experiences for students studying Performing Arts for BTEC as they need to have a broad understanding of different genres and styles of theatre and to experience high quality performances so that they can see what is a professional standard.
The students really enjoyed the four actors’ performances, and in particular were inspired by seeing a production staged in such an interesting way. They also represented the Academy’s values brilliantly.
I’d also like to pass on my thanks to Mr Cook and Miss Bocking for supporting the students on the trip.