Two Plays in One Day
The Drama department took 19 Sixth Form A-level Drama and Theatre Studies students to London this week, to see two plays in one day.
They started at The Old Vic with a brand new play by Lucy Prebble called A Very Expensive Poison which is about the poisoning of former FSB agent, Alexander Litvinenko, in 2006. It was an incredible production with a brilliant set and the students were in awe of the whole show. Poignant, thought-provoking and surprisingly funny, it was a fantastic start to their trip. They left the theatre talking about politics, discussing the composition of polonium and getting their heads around Russian history. It was an amazing play, which the students will be talking about for a long time. Many described it as the best thing they had ever seen on stage!
They then took a walk to the South Bank, under the London Eye and had some dinner by the Royal Festival Hall. Satiated by pizza and drinks, they walked on to The Vaults, a theatre space underneath Waterloo Station, for the second show of the day – The Permanent Way, by David Hare. It is a verbatim piece interrogating the disastrous aftermath caused by the botched privatisation of Britain's railway system in 1993, using real people’s survival and bereavement stories resulting from the rail crashes of Southall, Ladbroke Grove, Hatfield and Potters Bar. It was very different in style and structure to the matinee performance, but extremely arresting and moving at the same time.
Studying A-level Drama and Theatre Studies at QEH helps students understand theatre from the point of view of a performer, director, designer and audience member, making links between theory and practice. The work is wide ranging and demanding both physically and intellectually, but also extremely rewarding. More detailed information about the course can be found in the Sixth Form Prospectus.