Cultural week for Performing Arts

Following on from last terms theatre trips and workshops with the Old Vic, our Performing Arts Students started the term with a week of culture. Firstly, they met at the Kiln theatre, to enjoy the award-winning show Wife of Willesden. This is an adaptation of Chaucer’s Wife of Bath. It was adapted by award winning novelist, Zadie Smith, and provided a highly entertaining and accessible way for our students to learn about Chaucer.

Later in the week the National Theatre treated our students to a backstage tour. They had access to and learned about all three theatres, gaining a healthy understanding of all the technical skills used in their productions.

Having given the National Theatre access to our theatre for the week they gave us and an invited audience a premiere performance of their new schools tour show ‘Shut Up, I’m dreaming’.


Our Performing Arts students were used as a focus group by the National Theatre education tour team in association with the Pappy Collective who devised and performed their new piece in our Sarah Siddons Theatre.

Our students were then able to gain further first-hand knowledge through a Q&A with the cast and creatives.