20th March 2018

SAA students show their Passion for performing

THEATRICAL students at St Aldhelm’s Academy are putting their hearts and souls into ensuring this year’s Poole Passion Play is a huge success.

We are the official link school for this year’s event, which will take place between March 20 – 24.

Now in its 6th year, The Poole Passion – Though the Eyes of a Child is a performance that moves between two local venues and includes a participatory procession, a mix of professional and amateur actors, powerful music and a sound and light show.

The play’s subject is the Passion of the Christ and it resonates to those of the Christian faith, no faith and to other faiths.

Students from St Aldhelm’s have been working with Kate Dower from Winchester University, African drummer Cheikh Diop of Afric’Arts and head of music Clare King to prepare for the forthcoming performances.

A dance group called St Aldhelm’s Angelic Angels have been having regular workshops with choreographer Natasha Player and several students also have small acting roles in the play.

Principal Jon Webb said: “The Poole Passion is a great opportunity for our students to be involved in. At St Aldhelm’s Academy we firmly believe in the power of the performing arts to shape a young person’s identity and build creativity.

“This event will also provide our pupils with a fantastic insight into the way in which productions are run, rehearsed and performed giving those interested in a career within this industry some real experience of what their future could hold.”

Sharon Coyne, the academy’s head of drama and the artistic director for The Poole Passion, said: “We are delighted to gain funding for our project from Arts Council England and arts education agency WAVE.

“Given the current difficult financial climate it is a credit to our supporters for recognising the truly inclusive nature of our work. This means we can take more artistic risks, including having outside projection work and involving more professional artists to support this event.

I am particularly excited that St. Aldhelms – a school that prides itself on its performing arts – is taking such an active role in 2018. Young people are the heart of any community event and we truly welcome them.”

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