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22nd Jun, 2021

Solihull actors take on new play to showcase at National Theatre Connections Festival

Sarah Mason 6th Apr, 2021

TALENTED thespians at Solihull Sixth Form College have been in rehearsals preparing for a drama festival.

The students have been given a new playscript titled Look Up by Andrew Muir, which has been written specifically for The National Theatre.

The play tells the story of nine young people, as they create new rules for what they hope will be a new and brighter future.

Until they returned to college in March rehearsals were online and they also attended a Zoom workshop with Andrew Muir to learn more about the play, characters and the playwright’s inspiration ready for the National Theatre Connections Festival 2021.

The students are responsible for all aspects of production from costume design to performing.

The group will perform for a mentor director from The National Theatre and be given guidance and support to refine their production in preparation for the Festival.

They will then join forces with Nottingham Playhouse as part of the Festival and will have the opportunity to present their work on a professional stage and participate in workshops provided by the theatre in May depending on Covid restrictions.

Drama teacher Nadia Kouhi said: “The National Theatre Connections Festival is a fantastic project to be involved with and I’m so pleased we have been able to continue this despite lockdown.

“It has been great to see the students developing their ideas and they really enjoyed the Zoom workshop with Andrew Muir, which gave them so many ideas.

“Now that College has re-opened the students are able fine tune their performance with weekly rehearsals. I can’t wait to see the finished product.”

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