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ACS Egham pupils inspire drama at Royal Holloway

Published Monday 15th of May 2017 04:02:58 PM

Last week, a group ACS Egham Lower School students visited Royal Holloway, University of London’s Drama Department for three performances, devised as part of an ongoing exchange project. Students from the university’s Theatre for Young Audiences course visited ACS Egham’s Lower School twice to interact with the three to six-year-olds and explore what inspires their imagination in performance and theatre. The project culminated with a return visit by the Lower School students to watch three interactive theatrical performances that they had helped to devise. The stimuli for the productions came from the previous visits to ACS Egham, alongside theoretical research and ideas about what engages young audiences in theatre and performance. The performances captivated the children by combining colourful props, symbolic costumes, vibrant lighting and live music, as well as multiple scenes which interacted with the young audience and invited them to join in with the action on stage. Judith Vaughan, ACS Egham Lower School Integrated Arts teacher and trip coordinator, commented: “Our children loved being involved with the project and visiting Royal Holloway. Their imaginations were captured by the inventive performances and it was really special to see them engaging with and enjoying theatre, as well as interacting with the young dramatists.”
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