FOR THE first time, Burnt Mill Academy had a show production team made up of 12-year-olds. The Year 8 students were challenged with responsibilities such as leadership, producing and designing to ensure the show was successful.
Phil Watson, lead practitioner in drama, said: ‘Our senior drama company auditioned for roles in the full-length production.’
Mr Watson, said: ‘For the first time, a Year 8 tech team added the design aspects, which are an important part of the GCSE course.’
The Year 8 students took charge of the lighting, sound and projection for the production.
They were supporting Year 9, 10 and 11 students who performed DNA, the set text for the year’s GCSE drama course.
The show production is a black comedy, which explores the nature of human violence through a group of teenagers.
Mr Watson said: ‘It is hard-hitting and challenging to the audience.’
The audience included students from fellow Burnt Mill Academy Trust School, Royal Docks Academy, as well as GCSE and Trinity Arts Awards students from Burnt Mill.