Students learn from drama professionals Sixth form students have been learning lessons from professional actors as a spin-off from a new play taking shape in north Norfolk.

A Disappearing Act is a pioneering drama, looking at the rituals linked to death, which is being brought to the boil at Sheringham Little Theatre.

Drama Company Single Shoe is also hosting workshops for students at Paston Sixth Form College as part of the process.

During the sessions they played imaginative games using improvisation techniques and creative exercises. The students devised and performed short scenes and discussed what worked and what did not from an audience point of view.

Paston Sixth Form College Drama Teacher Simon Thompson added:  “It is vital that our drama and future BTEC students are given the opportunity to work with professionals and get a genuine taste of the world of work.”

“Having visiting companies into the college enhances the courses and we are grateful to have such strong and varied links with outside organisations.” 

Student Alice Digby, 17 from Cromer, said: “I loved the workshops; Single Shoe taught us some key principals - invaluable for any performer when decision-making or devising.”

Single Shoe will be returning to Paston Sixth Form College soon and they are offering two workshops to the general public on 30 January and 3 February 2017 at The Little Theatre, ahead of them staging A Disappearing Act at the venue on 4 February 2017.

The drama – set in a memorial service for a dead magician - uses illusion, music, and audience participation to explore dying, its rituals and how people say goodbye to the ones they love. 

Co-artistic director Brad Smith says the subject is hard to talk about, so the drama tackles it a light and playful way. It is a work in progress, being developed in north Norfolk, and due to premiere at the Edinburgh Festival in August, with the aim of bringing it back to Sheringham when complete. 

There is a £5 charge for each workshops and £6 admission to the February 4 show at 8pm.
For more information and to book contact box office at Sheringham Little Theatre on 01263 822347, or visit www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com

Photo credit Paul Greeves.

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