Pop-up Peterborough – Author Visit
I enjoyed Syria Ahmed’s visit because when you meet the author of the book you get a real sense of the thought that went behind it and how it was written. We got to take part in a role play activity during the visit, which I particularly enjoyed as it gave an image to scenes that you had read about in the book, that you may have not otherwise understood. Making Henna hands to adorn the classroom for the visit was also great fun. I really enjoyed reading the book and was allowed to ask many questions about the characters and structure of the book. The author visits are always surprising as the author is sometimes different from what you actually imagined. I would love to take part in another author visit again in the future.
Robyn (Yr 7)
Charlie and the Chocolate factory
In November, the first term at school, we got invited to see the theatre version of Charlie and the chocolate factory. We were really excited to see how it turned out because we enjoyed the film and the novel.
When we arrived in London, we stepped into the entrance of the theatre full of miniature kiosks. Then we walked into the grand hall filled with magnificent paintings and three tiers of silky, red seating. After around ten minutes of waiting and odd looking hologram of a coco bean appeared on to the wavy, royal-red curtains. Then all of a sudden the curtains were gently drawn back revealing the awe-striking stage.
The extravaganza began by showing a filthy dump with the main character; Charlie. We were on the edge of our seats, waiting in anticipation, of how the wonderful Dahl story could possibly be translated to the stage. The scene with Mike TV was extraordinary, Violet Beauregarde blueberry explosion was hilarious, but nothing could prepare us for the magic and awe of the Great Glass Elevator as it flew across the audience!
We escaped Willy Wonka’s fabulous factory excited and tired.
Graham, Shannon & Laura (Yr 7)
The Peter Pan trip
At the end of the first term back at Ormiston Bushfield Academy, there was a trip to go and see the theatre version of the well-known tale of peter pan at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon. The show itself was actually called Peter and Wendy, which made you wonder what was different about this particular version.
When we arrived at the theatre there was a lot of excitement. It was decorated with things which are significant to the show and we couldn’t wait to see how they pulled off all the magical features of it. Personally I love the book, written by J.M Barrie so I was a bit ambivalent because I wasn’t sure if the theatre version of the story would do justice to the book, however, as soon as the show began, I was sure I was going to love it.
The playwright, Ella Hickson, and director, Jonathan Munby had the difficult task of captivating young audiences whilst also keeping the older viewers interested. They did this very successfully too! As you entered the auditorium, you saw the scene of a bedroom on the stage. The actors entered and the show began, they were brilliant and very believable. During the show there was a slight technical hitch as they had trouble getting the pirates ship off of the stage. The situation was dealt with and the show continued. It didn’t really detract from the excellence and magic of the show.
Half way through the production, there was an interval and everyone discussed their opinions of it and what they anticipated to happen.
The way that they made the characters fly and the pirates fight was very inventive and much better than I thought it was going to be. During the curtain call, everyone was clapping and cheering loudly and we were sad that it had finished but glad that we had come.
Alice (Yr 8)
On the way to the mind-blowing Harry Potter Studios, we had butterflies in our stomachs! Upon our arrival we realised just how extraordinary the studios were. As we wondered around we discovered magnificent and astonishing things that took our breath away! The places that had this effect, such as the house area; It made everything more magical than the film alone. It felt as we were in the presence of Daniel Radcliffe himself. To our astonishment there were actual flying broomsticks. It was as if we were in an illusion of magic! We went outside and the dream of seeing Dudley’s house became a reality. The only words we can use to describe this trip are mind-bogglingly awe-inspiring!
Benjamin & Amelia (Yr 7)
Elf the Musical
On the Eighteenth of November, year 7 students were lucky enough to visit the theatre in London to see Elf: The Musical.
This fun-filled Christmas extravaganza followed the story of Buddy the elf in his quest to find his father.
We all came to school as if it was a normal day (except from the feel of Christmas cheer!) and still got to enjoy tutor time as normal until 8:55 when we all gathered in the cafeteria, bursting with excitement. Everyone sat down waiting to be called and taken into groups. At 9:30 we had all been registered, placed into groups and had been allocated seats for the theatre. It was time to leave.
We all boarded the coach and with one final check we were on our own sleigh ride to the theatre to meet Buddy in person.
When we arrived at the theatre we were all ecstatic. We all assembled on the path and crossed the road together. As we entered the theatre, everyone was excited. After half an hour we took our seats. Some people hired binoculars to help them see everything.
The show was amazing and worth the wait. All the actors showed great energy. All of the performers delivered their lines, jokes and portrayed their characters amazingly. It wasn’t like we were watching a play; we were watching this poor elf fight for his father's affection. The musical was even better than the film!
I would rate this experience a 4.5 out of 5 and would recommend this trip to other students. The musical left everyone in a great mood and it was a brilliant life experience.
Harley (Yr 7)
This was a really powerful learning experience – it is not every day you have the opportunity to watch real live actors and a director on stage in your own Academy- and they were here just to help us all understand our Macbeth GCSE text! The complete experience was so informative and a lot of fun too. When the company stopped performing to explain the significance of word choice and character development, it was great as it allowed us to see how words can be interpreted differently yet still make a lot of sense. The performance showed us how to explore our own understanding of Macbeth in much more depth: we were completely absorbed by a double lesson of Shakespeare!
The performance was engaging as the company asked for our participation through answering questions and sharing our opinions. Pupils and teachers were even invited to take part in the performance by playing different characters, thus making the performance even more engaging. The question and answer session at the end covered everything that we were not sure about and was tailored for all levels of familiarity of the text –so all the year 10 classes could participate. We enjoyed the whole experience very much and do not think that Shakespeare is boring at all (not like we ever did before - honest!)
Kuba and Chloe (Yr 10)