Youngsters take to stage at top venue

Lowton High School pupils rehearse their play about bullying
Lowton High School pupils rehearse their play about bullying

TALENTED students are preparing to tread the boards at one of the country’s most popular performing arts venues.

Pupils from Lowton High School’s drama club will perform at the Lowry Theatre, in Salford Quays, in Helen Blakeman’s play Cloud Busting.

Around 25 students, aged 11 to 15, from the school will appear on stage, as well as carrying out backstage tasks, as part of the National Theatre production on May 6.

Paula Radford, head of performing arts at Lowton High School, said: “The students have been absolutely brilliant and really risen to the challenge.

“We applied online to the National Theatre and ended up travelling to London to meet with their directors and playwrights.

“The play looks at the issue of bullying and how it can be dealt with. A director came up to watch one of our rehearsal performances and gave some interesting feedback.

“It’s a huge venue and so many star performers have appeared at the Lowry. All the pupils are very excited as well as feeling nervous, but they’re really thrilled to get the chance to take part in a National Theatre production.

The Royal National Theatre in London is one of the United Kingdom’s two most prominent publicly funded theatre companies, alongside the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Its youth theatre scheme, Connections, gives youngsters whether they aim to be a stage manager, sound operator or set designer the opportunity to perform at theatres across the UK.

The youngsters will also perform Cloud Busting at Lowton High School on May 16, 17 and 18. For tickets, call 767040.