The National Connections Project

A number of our students recently took part in their final performance for the National Connections project, which is organised by the National Theatre. This is the fourth year that students from South Hunsley have taken part in the project and this year performed the play 'Flesh' by Rob Drummond.

The project started in October when drama teacher Miss Johnson attended a director's weekend at the National Theatre in London, to meet the writer of the play and participate in a number of workshops. She then enlisted Year 13 student Declan H as student director and cast the play ready for rehearsals to begin in January. In March students performed to a director affiliated with the National Theatre who provided them with some great feedback to take forward to their final performance at the York Theatre Royal in May.

The final day consisted of a workshop led by a professional actor, a full technical run with the technical team, the students showcasing their piece to a public audience and also watching different group's pieces.

The final performance was amazing, with lots of positive feedback including that the students really made the piece ‘their own' by creating lovely moments of comedy, juxtaposed with some really tense moments that took the audience on an unexpected journey. The whole cast worked incredibly hard to get the play ready for performance, overcoming a number of hurdles. Declan H did a brilliant job in his directorial debut assisted by Miss Derry and Miss Johnson, and would like to continue with acting and directing at university.

A huge well done to all the students who were involved in the performance and also to Miss Derry and Miss Johnson who dedicate their time to enable the students to get involved in projects such as this one.

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