Our Day Out

Pupils involved in the production of Willy Russell's 'Our Day Out'.
 Left to right; Olivia Bennett, Niamh Merriman, Madeline Foster-Smith, Jacob Roberts, William Dixon, Reece Jensen, Tierney Fields, Jake Wright, Abbie Gale.

Top playwright Willy Russell's comedy 'Our Day Out' was performed by pupils at Healing School.

The play is set in Liverpool, the author's birthplace, and tells the story of a class of socially-challenged pupils who visit a castle, a zoo and a fairground on a school trip, with humorous consequences.

The play was led by Year 10 pupils studying for their Btec Performing Arts qualification who were assisted by pupils from Years 7, 8 and 9, members of the lunch time drama club. Auditions began in July, with around 40 pupils taking part.

Two public performances took place this week.

Principal Mark Knapton said the pupils had produced high quality drama with excellent feedback from those who saw the production.

"I'd like to congratulate all the students and staff involved," he said. "They can all be very proud.

"Willy Russell is an exceptional playwright who mixes humour with high emotions. It's been a real test for our pupils to do his work justice but they worked tremendously hard and carried it off."

BAFTA award-winning Willy Russell's other best-known works are Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine and Blood Brothers.

Healing School - Wednesday 3rd February 2016

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