Notre Dame’s students flexed their theatrical muscles in the autumn term of 2019, devising and performing a first-rate adaptation of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days.
Rehearsals began back in September, with a cast and crew of 25 students. Opportunities were available to everyone, not only those studying Theatre Arts. A collaborative approach was taken to the development process, so all those involved were invited to suggest ideas, devise music, choreograph sequences, and generally get stuck in.
All that hard work certainly paid off. The performances given from 17 to 19 December – each of which lasted around 80 minutes – were very warmly received, with many audience members commenting on the professional standard of the production.
Head of Theatre Arts Mr Graham Hamlyn said, ‘Performances like this provide a wonderful opportunity for students to feel like they really are a part of the work we produce, outside of the confines of exams. I’m looking forward to our future projects, which will be led entirely by students, both in the summer term and when it comes to next year’s Christmas show.’
For those who missed out on the show, these 80 Days rehearsal photos should whet your appetite for whatever is coming next from our fabulous Theatre Arts Department.