Performing arts students go it alone with play

LSA BTEC Performing Arts students at Lytham St Annes Technology & Performing Arts College
LSA BTEC Performing Arts students at Lytham St Annes Technology & Performing Arts College
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BTEC Performing Arts students at Lytham St Annes Technology and Performing Arts College are to demonstrate what they have learnt during their two-year course by mounting their own production.

The Pillowman is a 2003 play by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh.

It received its first public reading in an early version in London in 1995 and tells the tale of Katurian, a fiction writer living in a police state who is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a number of bizarre child murders occurring in his town.

The play received the 2004 Olivier Award for Best New Play, the 2004-5 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Foreign Play, and two Tony Awards for production. It was nominated for the 2004 Evening Standard Award for Best New Play

The fledgling production company comprises Rob Gregson and Jack Bickerdike with recruits Chris Newby (Year 11) and Joe Wells (Year 10).

Inspiration came from a 20-minute extract from the play performed when studying for GCSE Drama and it was decided to build on that experience. The students are acting, directing and promoting this venture themselves with no teacher intervention.

Rob has received an offer from Bournemouth University to study for a BA (Hons) in acting, with ambitions to become a professional actor and Jack has a Performing Arts placement at Blackpool and The Fylde College.

Performances are on June 25 and 27 at LSA Technology & Performing Arts College, 6.45 for 7pm. The content makes it unsuitable for people under 14. Tickets at £4 from 0786 047 9682 or at the school reception.

Rob said: “It has been a brilliant experience and we have learned such a lot. To be able to put into practice all we have studied, be given brilliant rehearsal and performance facilities and perform before an audience is massively appreciated.”

Danell Dearden, head of expressive and performing arts, said “This has been a great opportunity for students across three year groups to work together independently.”