Away from the classroom our students are involved in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, pursuing their interests in music, sport and languages, as well as showing their support local, regional and national charities.
Here Year 10 student Rosie highlights her involvement with award winning youth theatre company 20 Stories High, an organisation that creates “gritty, jumping, melodic, rebellious, contemporary, mashed-up, authentic, original, visual, challenging, lyrical, tender, anarchic, diverse, surprising, booming, political, funny, collaborative… and heart-felt” theatre.
Hi, I’m Rosie and I am in Year 10! For the past eighteen months I have been part of the 20 Stories High Youth Theatre. In this article, I will be sharing a bit about how I got into theatre and the importance I think it holds for both myself and other young people.
In October 2017, an advert on the school bulletin offered a workshop with 20 Stories High – an organisation that works with young people, creating and sharing drama, spoken word and music for social change. I attended and was later offered a permanent place in their youth theatre group. Having never taken part in anything more professional than a primary school nativity, I was hesitant to accept the place but I decided to give it a go.
From January to July 2018, we worked on Indebted: the Mixtape, a modern performance of drama, music and dance with a focus on the things we owe to each other. We had three shows at the Unity theatre and it was one of the best weeks of my life. The buzz of performing in front of a live audience combined with the real sense of family within the group was incredible.
This year we have been working on another show called the Shut Down – a play about a struggling youth centre and the stories of the young people who attend it. It is immensely powerful and contains lots of striking pieces calling for social change across many different areas in our society. There is a focus on mental health, domestic abuse, toxic relationships and the importance of creativity. I play Flora, a character who has a really complex and emotional character arc. It was really exciting to work with our incredible directors Bradley and Abby to create this character.
Looking back on the past couple of years, I am so glad I took up this opportunity! If any opportunities come up for you to join any theatre or performance group, I highly recommend it! It builds confidence and communication skills in addition to developing acting skills and techniques.
20 Stories High is working with ‘Kitchen Sink Live’ to put on Shut Down at the Unity Theatre from the 25-27th July 2019. Please come and see us and help support the incredible cast and crew involved!