19th century Germany takes the stage at Harlow College in ‘Spring Awakening’


THE Theatre department at Harlow College is preparing to showcase ‘Spring Awakening’ – a theatre production based on teenage life in the 19th century.

Spring Awakening follows a story about teenagers going through problems considered ‘taboo’ subjects during that period of time. These include problems such as Sexuality; Teen Pregnancy; Suicide, and many more. The play is now known as a ‘Rock Musical’ based on the 1891 German play of the same name.

Each teenager in the play is portrayed as having their own problems, including Mitchell Walsh, a Drama student at Harlow College, whose character appears to be socially awkward, and who also suffers with suicidal thoughts.

Mitchell Walsh

“I find the scenes particularly hard to act as their fairly emotional. I found myself crying earlier during one of my monologues. I think it’s important to make sure you’re connected with the character you’re playing otherwise it makes the scene less believable,” said Mitchell while reflecting on rehearsals.

Mitchell plays one of the lead characters in the play, which he described as: “A perfect end to my two years at Harlow College.”

Starting the college in September 2016, Mitchell will be leaving in two months, and then plans to take a gap year. He explained: “I want to make sure I have more experience in the theatrical world before I start applying for stage schools and auditioning. I plan on applying for Mountview Stage School in Peckham because its meant to be really good.”


Tickets for Spring Awakening are now on sale at TicketSource.com and the play will be held in Harlow College’s ‘Glass Box Theatre.’ The play is on the 6th and 7th June 2018 with no admission fee, but donations will go towards new costumes for the college Drama Department.





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Grace Perry

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