First and second year performing arts students performed a dynamic and powerful production of 'The Accordion Shop' by Cush Jumbo as part of The National Theatre's annual Connections festival of new plays for youth theatres and schools.
First performing at NewVIc Theatre in front of friends, family and a director from the National Theatre they went on to transfer the show to The Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn. The play explores themes of community, the disconnect between young and older generations and the power of technology and culminates in a shocking and disturbing final event.
National Theatre director, Kate Budgen said of the show 'The play was performed with total commitment, focus and discipline and took the audience on a real journey. It was physical and visual, with some strong and dynamic stage pictures and some beautifully choreographed sequences that really complimented and lifted the storytelling.'
Adam Chikalia who played Mr Ellodi said of the experience, 'Its been amazing. Performing in a professional venue is one of the greatest opportunities of my Performing Arts career so far"
Principal Eddie Playfair said "NewVIc has a proud tradition of excellence in the Performing Arts. This was a great opportunity for NewVIc's wonderful Performing Arts students to show what they can do as part of this exciting national showcase"
The National Theatre commissioned 10 of the best current playwrights to create new plays for the festival. The project offers our students the opportunity to gain experience of professional theatre-making. Their experience mirrored that of a company producing a new play in any theatre in the country. They were involved in all aspects of performance from marketing and production to set and lighting design.
Read about the show in the Newham Recorder here: