Pike & Musket Productions Go National

Performing Arts Students at GTS - known as Pike & Musket Productions - are picked for the National Theatre 'Connections' Festival

Performing Arts Students at GTS receive their cheque from Rtn Sue Evely - Chair of Youth Service

Performing Arts students at Great Torrington School - known as Pike and Musket Productions - are taking part in a national festival next Spring.

As part of the National Theatre’s Connections Festival, they will perform at the school, The Plough, and the Theatre Royal in Plymouth - and maybe at The National Theatre in London! Their chosen play is “Status Update” by Tim Etchells. It is an unflinching and funny catalogue of the things teenagers learn, believe and have sussed out about the world.

Pike and Musket Productions has been chosen from hundreds of entrants across the country to join the 250 successful youth theatres and schools. The Rotary Club of Torrington has supported them with a £250 grant towards the cost of taking part.

Bethany Woolacott who is in the group said: “Giving us a donation to take up this opportunity is such generous thing. It means we can buy the right props, costumes and set materials needed, the rights to the play and enable us to tour the theatres.”

Sian Tetley added: “This donation will allow us to perform to a professional standard and create something we can be very proud of.”

National Theatre Connections 500 is entering its 22nd year. It is supported by Arts Council England, the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, and others. The festival arose out of calls by teachers and directors for challenging new plays for young actors. Since then, more than 150 new plays have been written and published for performance by 13-19 year olds.

For more information about National Theatre Connections 500, visit their website at https://connections.nationaltheatre.org.uk.

For more information about Pike and Musket Productions and their participation in the Festival, visit the GTS website at http://www.gts.devon.sch.uk or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GreatTorringtonSchool

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