Just before half-term we took our Year 12 AS Theatre Studies students away for our annual tour to London. We visited Aldro School where our students showed a production of Robin Hood that they had created especially for the occasion. Then the Aldro School pupils enjoyed taking part in a workshop given by Gordonstoun staff and students. A huge thanks to everyone at Aldro for hosting us, it was a lovely way to start the trip.
Of course whilst we were in London we took the chance to see as much live theatre as we could fit in. Seeing ‘The Woman in Black’ is always a part of this trip and greatly enjoyed by everyone (although a few students spent some of the time cowering under their coats in fear!). We also saw ‘Matilda’ and The National Theatre’s stage version of ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.
As well as goinig to the theatre to watch shows, we also took a guided tour of The Globe Theatre and then walked all the way across London to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum to see the Theatre Exhibition… with a walk of nearly six miles we took in the London Eye, The Houses of Parliament, Hyde Park, Green Park, the Wellington Memorial, Buckingham Palace and The Mall… some described it as the only Exped ever done in the centre of London!
Another highlight was going to the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studios to see the sets, props and costume used in the films. It was fascinating to see the detail and effort that went into creating the magical world of Hogwarts!
It was a great trip and everyone gained a great deal of experience, whether by taking part in performance, seeing live theatre or just by learning and understanding new and useful things for their A-level course.