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MORE than 50 theatrical students from Bishop Ullathorne Catholic School thrilled parents and friends with a stunning one-hour adaptation of Robert Westall's historical novel for children.

Set in the Second World War, the 56 students were entirely convincing as characters from 'The Machine Gunners'. They brought the tale of Chas McGill and his 13-year-old friends, who find part of a German bomber in the north-east of England, to life.

Directed by head of drama, Sarah Cantle, the students also contributed to the production of the costumes and set. She said: "We have many very talented students here. All are clear, eloquent and credible speakers. Some also have immense technical ability when it comes to staging and production. It's important for us to extend learning beyond the classroom."

Bishop Ullathorne students also recently attended theatre workshops at two prestigious London venues.

The sixth form theatre studies students were invited to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, to participate in a workshop with professional actors and directors. Twenty five students participated and then were treated to a performance of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.

Eighty five GCSE and A-level drama students again visited London to experience theatre workshops at Pineapple Dance Studios and watch a performance of 'The 39 Steps' in the heart of the West End.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Dec 5, 2013
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