The arts in North Wales are becoming more and more prominent as the region itself continues to contemporise and stay fresh. That’s why one master of the West End has been visiting Llandudno to imbue the secrets of success to young students.
Ysgol John Bright in Llandudno is already well known for its brilliant productions and opportunities for young people to get into the arts. After Steve Kirkham, a famous name for his work on The Who’s ‘Tommy’ stage show, visited the school lately, they could be put even further along the road to success after some fine tutelage.
By holding superb workshops to the star-struck students, Kirkham will have imbued the passion into these already driven youngsters to succeed. It’s no doubt that it was a privilege for Ysgol Josh Bright to have the star from the Frantic Assembly theatre group light up their halls and is a big and brilliant step considering the school has just this year introduced an A Level in Drama and Theatre Studies.
“At the start of the workshop some of the students started off being really nervous because they didn’t know what to expect but they all pushed themselves and I saw them make a massive progression,” said Mr. Kirkham.
“I showed them how to look at things in a different way and I feel certain they will carry on and develop what they learned and hopefully Frantic Assembly will be able to come back and we can develop a strong relationship with the school over the next few years.”
Head of Drama, Donna Pender, was delighted to have such a high-calibre name visit the school: “This was a unique opportunity for the Year 12 drama students and I would like to thank the Llwyddon’n Lleol programme for its support to make it possible.
“Steve has had an extremely impressive career and is one of the country’s leading experts in physical theatre. That’s why we are so lucky to have been able to have him at the school for the workshop.”
The master class already looks like its paid dividends as a student by the name of Tom Weldridge said: “The workshop with Steve has helped me to develop my interest and made me realise there’s a lot more to drama than I thought. It has really taught me some new skills.
“For instance, I learned that you don’t always need to scream and shout to portray anger – you can do it equally well through your actions and movement and develop a character’s emotions that way.
“When I leave school I’d jump at the opportunity to make a career in dramatic acting.”