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English & Drama pupils enhance learning at two high-profile productions

English & Drama pupils enhance learning at two high-profile productions

English and Drama pupils at Rydal Penrhos got the chance to see a pair of critically-acclaimed performances thanks to an ongoing initiative.

The department put on two trips for Lower Sixth and Year 9 pupils last week, which are the latest in a series of educational visits designed to boost learning outside of the classroom during the academic year.

The A-level group travelled to the Lowry in Salford on Wednesday, February 21, where they took in Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter, which is widely regarded as one of the most haunting love stories ever told. Directed by Emma Rice and performed by the award-winning Kneehigh Theatre Group.

This was swiftly followed by the Year 9 trip to Theatr Clwyd in Mold on Thursday, February 22, where they were given the opportunity to view the classic tale Of Mice and Men.

Set in the trying times of the Great Depression, Of Mice And Men is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship and what it means to be human.

This landmark play by the Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck is the story of George and Lennie, two migrant ranch workers who dream of owning their own ranch, and was directed by Guy Unsworth.

Deputy Head Tim Cashell, said: “Our English and Drama departments do a fantastic job of putting on events such as these throughout the academic year, which gives each pupil the chance to see first-hand how some of the most talented performers in the country showcase their skills on stage.

“This is something they do not get from their classroom learning and hopefully it will stand them in very good stead during their busiest time of the school year here at Rydal Penrhos.”

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