12 Apr 2013

St Mary’s Calne Year 9 and 10 Drama students took to the stage at the Bristol Old Vic on Monday 25th March as part of the National Theatre Connections project.

Connections is a national festival of new writing and young theatre making. Ten new plays were performed by 230 youth theatre companies in one of the biggest youth theatre festivals on the planet.

The Act up! ensemble, directed by LAMDA teacher Emma Gregson-Burt, performed the brand new play, ‘Don’t Feed The Animals’ by Jemma Kennedy.  The play, set in a circus, follows twins Zack and Missy as they try to save the family business from going under by training an un-trainable local gang of bored youths in circus skills.

The girls very much enjoyed performing to the public in one of the most famous and oldest theatres in the UK.   Director of Drama, Lilian Leadbetter, said ‘It was a wonderful opportunity for our actors to be involved in staging a new play written for the National Theatre Connections scheme set against the backdrop of the iconic Bristol Old Vic.  This is part of our full programme of transferring shows to the Edinburgh Fringe, RADA in London and theatres in our region, such as Bath and Bristol.’