Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell is – and has been – a huge favourite with the students of AVC. On Friday 11th May, a group of students ranging from YR 9 Arts Awards to YR 11 GCSE Drama were hugely fortunate to take part in a workshop based on the very popular musical – having travelled to Southampton the night before to watch the show.
The workshop was run by two of the main cast members, giving up two hours of their morning to do the workshop, having finished late the night before and due on stage again that evening! The actresses were Sarah-Jane Buckley (most recently seen in ‘Hollyoaks’) who played ‘Mrs Lyons’ and Alison Crawford who played the part of Linda.
The workshop was a great success and the students felt very privileged having a drama class run by two professionals - rather than their Drama teacher. Moreover, the YR 11s commented on how useful it had been in order to get them prepared for their written drama exam. As a group, we were also incredibly grateful to the CEO of the Academy, Tina Evans, for being able to arrange for her close friend to run it.
‘The workshop was incredible!’ Said Jade Blandford (Yr11). ‘Having actors that you saw an evening earlier in such an amazing stage show, work with you and help with scenes in the play that you are performing and working on was an absolute privilege. Definitely a highlight of my last year here.
It gives a push of motivation to you that anything is possible. The actors last night were in our shoes once and they’re doing all sorts of professional work now. It was an amazing experience’.
Serena Orme (YR 9) also added – ‘The Blood Brothers play was memorable to say the least. Everyone in the theatre felt noticeably moved and related to the cast and characters through the entire play.
The workshop that occurred the following day was superb! The two ladies were extremely friendly and very useful in the sense that we learnt a lot from the two of them, acting wise and just generally perfecting the scene that some people had the chance to perform.’