On Wednesday 11th September pupils from Year 9, 10 and 11 travelled to Liverpool’s Empire Theatre to watch Bill Kenwright’s production of his musical ‘Blood Brothers’.
Pupils have studied Willy Russell’s play as part of their GCSE English Literature course and the opportunity to see it as a live piece of theatre was invaluable for their understanding of the plot and characters. Many of the pupils commented on how amusing they’d found the play and that they were particularly touched by the scenes exploring the fate of twins ‘Mikey’ and ‘Edward’. Pupils were able to remember key quotations from the text and said that seeing the lines performed in real life was a brilliant opportunity.
We showed the pupils the different parts of the theatre, explaining the history of the Royal Box, and exploring how musicians are arranged in the orchestra pit to maximise sound impact. Discussions also took place about the range of jobs and career opportunities in the theatre; pupils learnt about theatre management, lighting production and stage direction. Our pupils thoroughly enjoyed the live theatre experience. We were absolutely delighted with their conduct and attitude, and how much interest they expressed in learning about the theatre. We were so proud when other members of the audience commented on how excellent their behaviour had been throughout the production. We also want to thank Mrs McCarthy, Year 11 Progress Leader and Mrs McGing, Safeguarding Officer for coming along to support the trip.