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Drama Students in New York

Over half-term, 34 GCSE Drama students spent an action packed week in the Big Apple. From the moment they arrived in Times Square, students were submerged into the glitz, glamour and realities of theatre. First visit was to the Pekoe Group, the leading Broadway advertising agency who showed ways of generating advertising concepts to sell a theatre show. Then followed visits to watch four contrasting Broadway shows which included Darren Brown’s The Secret and Moulin Rouge. In the following days they also met with casting agents and actors who shared inside industry advice and the Theatre Practitioner, Lola Cohan, to develop training. The group even got time to do what was on everybody’s mind…SHOPPING!

The final day was spent visiting the sites and monuments of New York, hopping on the Statue of Liberty Cruise and paying respects at the original sites of the Twin Towers. Going to the 9/11 Memorial Museum was a particularly moving experience for all students and staff. The room of phone calls and the photographs of those whose lives were lost will remain ingrained in everyone’s memory. It forced everyone to confront the realities of their existence and the world they want to work together to create, it was a very moving experience.

With the grand success of this trip, Drama now can’t wait to get planning their 2020 trip! Where to? Only time will tell …

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