Students at Kingsbury High School have been tapping in to their creative writing skills during a number of playwriting sessions. Stageseen Scripted, run by Mousetrap Theatre Project, is a writing scheme where deaf and hard of hearing young people work with a playwright to produce their own scripts, which are then performed by actors on a London stage.
On Wednesday 5th November the students spent a full day at Matilda the Musical as a stimulus for this project; they took part in drama workshops; were taken on a tour of the theatre; and performed a signed version of the show’s best known song in front of the whole cast, before watching a sign-interpreted performance of the show.
Back in the classroom, students then spent five, weekly, sessions with award-winning playwright, Evan Placey, where he helped them produce their own written scenes, which will be performed at the Leicester Square Theatre on the Tuesday 9th December 2014.
Evan said “I had a brilliant time working with the students at Kingsbury High School. It was a privilege to watch as their creative ideas took root and grew across the sessions, and also to see how their confidence with themselves as writers and dramatists grew alongside that. I am very much looking forward to accompanying the students when they see their words and stories brought to life by professional actors on the stage.”
Stageseen is one of 17 projects run by theatre access and education charity, Mousetrap Theatre Projects.