Students come together to devise a piece of theatre
  • St Dunstan's Festival

A group of students from local schools have come together to devise a piece of theatre from scratch.

The community project, which is being directed by the National Theatre’s Kate Beales, includes students from St Dunstan’s College, Harris Crystal Palace and Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys. The students are all in years 11, 12 and 13.

The students will have just three days to come together, plan and rehearse before putting on a final performance at the Broadway Theatre in Catford. They will be encouraged to use all their theatre and performance skills to explore themes and questions which are important to them and their peers.

Speaking about the project, Amy Clark, Head of LAMDA at St Dunstan’s College, explained: It’s a response to the young people themselves - what they want to create, what they want to talk about. We will devise a piece of theatre - or a collection of pieces through play, improv, and interrogating what feels important to them.

‘The students will have total control. Kate and I will be there to listen and support them in decision making, but we will follow their lead on what they want that to look like and how they decide to get there.’

Kate Beales, who is leading the project, is a renowned director who has worked at the RSC, the Royal Albert Hall, Theatre Royal Bath and Salisbury Playhouse. She has been an associate of the National Theatre's learning department for over 20 years, working with adults and young people of all ages, and training actor facilitators.

Her most recent National Theatre project was a Living History performance in the Dorfman Theatre with 4 actors and 180 primary school children. She is also a visiting tutor for New York University in London, where she teaches storytelling and Shakespeare.

The community project performance will take place at the Broadway Theatre, Catford, on Friday 28 June at 6.00pm. Members of the public can buy tickets from:

The project is one of the events being held as part of St Dunstan’s Festival, which is taking place Monday 24 June to Thursday 4 July.

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