2016 was our biggest year yet! Culminating in two days performing on stage at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith.
Westminster Special Schools Arts Festival
Our flagship production staged at the Lyric Theatre in 2016 saw over 100 pupils accessing the prestigious West London theatre for two days in June. Performing for sold out audiences, this was The@trical's first opportunity to showcase the talents of our staff and students to a much wider population. This production received such acclaim that it was mentioned in the Houses of Parliament! We can't ask for higher praise than that. On the 4 July 2016 in the House of Commons, Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Washington and Sunderland West) (Lab) said:
“As we have heard, creativity is vital to the wellbeing of our society, and all of these subjects provide a space for young people to push boundaries, widen their horizons and explore what it means to be human. Only last week I went to the Lyric theatre in Hammersmith to watch the performance of “Treasure Island” by the Federation of Westminster Special Schools. The show was directed by James Rigby, and I saw all the work put in by Paul Morrow, the federation’s lead practitioner of creative arts, and by all the schools’ teachers, staff and pupils in collaboration with the staff of the Lyric theatre—I especially mention John Glancy, the producer. They all came together to put on a wonderful production that showed exactly what allowing children to flourish in the arts can do for their lives and their self-esteem.”
This was no small project. The@trical undertook their first whole school production with College Park school. Utilising over 75 SEN students, we adapted and edited the work of Roald Dahl and brought to life the colourful characters of Mr and Mrs Twit, Matilda, Willy Wonka and many more. We didn't see a dry eye in the house by the time the curtain came down!
Farmer Sam (a sensory story)
Our first collaboration with QEII Jubilee school saw us take our steps into the engrossing world of sensory stories. Working with a cohort of students who find it harder to access spoken language, Farmer Sam provided an opportunity to experience the joys of all the seasons and a change in the fortunes of a struggling farm. This was a huge achievement for QEII students and the first of many dramatic productions that we plan to stage with them.
George's Nightmares / Gershwin's Dreams
This epic production with the brilliant students of Westminster Kingsway College saw The@trical utilise their physical theatre and dance skills. We created two beautiful pieces of silent theatre where students learnt to focus on physical language rather than spoken. Using the music of George Gershwin we created two different productions that utilised older students and enabled many of them to access a theatre for the first time. It was a huge challenge that took everyone out of their comfort zone and made a huge impact on the community of Kings Cross.
Who Stole the Crown Jewels
Our big summer show got the audience playing detective for the evening to solve the mystery of 'Who Stole the Crown Jewels'. Starring students at College Park School and Channel 4 newsreader Cordelia Lynch.
At Easter, we transformed the classroom into Hollywood and shouted "Action!". Using the classic Aesop’s Fables, the students worked to modernise these wonderful tales to make their own short film. The final cut was screened at The Gate Cinema in Notting Hill, ‘The Fables’ for the full cinematic experience.
Check out our teaser trailer and contact us for a full copy of the DVD
What a Year It’s been, 2013
We rounded off 2013 with a whirlwind recap of some of the biggest events of the year. Can you remember who won best album at the Brit awards? What the nation’s eyes were glued to in July? The@trical students performed twelve sketches, songs and routines to serve the College Park News roundup in, ‘What a Year It’s been, 2013’.
Grease at The Chelsea Theatre
Our production of Grease:
Oliver at The Chelsea Theatre
The Chelsea Theatre saw a jaw-droppingly brilliant production of Oliver.
The Lion King at The Chelsea Theatre
Our production of the Lion King was a menagerie of magic.