19 June 2018

On Friday 15th June, a group of year 9 students were selected to take part in a Performing Arts Workshop. We were all picked because we had chosen drama as one of our options for our GCSEs.

Graham Tudor, who ran the workshop, had lots of experience in Musical Theatre. He is the Artistic Director at Wigan and Leigh College and co-founder of Tread Liverpool Theatre Company.  He played Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, was also in Mamma Mia the Musical and played Doody in Grease.

We started off the workshop by walking around the room trying not to bump into anyone. We had to listen out for instructions. Graham explained that one of the most important things about being an actor is being a good listener. The game got confusing at times, but was great fun!

We then focused on TV acting. We learnt that TV and stage acting are very different. In TV acting you can be more natural, but you have to get every move perfect. We played a game where we had to run onto the mark on the floor, without looking at it and stand perfectly in line with it, which was very difficult. This gave us an insight into how hard TV and film acting is.

The final part of the workshop was my favourite. We learnt part of a dance to the song “I’m a Believer” from Shrek the Musical. We learnt the dance very quickly and put it all together. It was very energetic and challenging to learn the moves in a short space of time, but I loved it.

On behalf of everyone who took part in the workshop I would like to thank Graham for his time and sharing his knowledge of the performing arts. We all gained a great deal from it.

 by Olivia, 9L