Pupils get up close with theatre show

From left, actor Robert Nicholson with pupils Benji Gillingham, Jemma Thew, Alex Vint and Kim Robson.
From left, actor Robert Nicholson with pupils Benji Gillingham, Jemma Thew, Alex Vint and Kim Robson.
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Ninety Year 7 pupils from Lindisfarne Middle School in Alnwick were treated to a performance of Heaven Eyes by best-selling author David Almond, when the tour kicked off in the town last week.

Not only did they enjoy the performance, but actors from the Théâtre Sans Frontières production invited students up on stage to participate in a Page to Stage workshop, exploring how the novel was transferred onto the stage.

From left, Jamie Kelly, Amy Collis and Alex Threlfall with the actors from Heaven Eyes.

From left, Jamie Kelly, Amy Collis and Alex Threlfall with the actors from Heaven Eyes.

They also took questions from the pupils and talked about their favourite parts of the play.

Amy Collis, 11, said: “Being on stage with the actors felt natural.” Alex Vint, also 11, found the whole experience exciting and appreciated how good the actors were in helping them to get into character.

Exclusively, via video message, David Almond also challenged the pupils to a writing competition designed to fire their imaginations and foster their creativity.