Fanfare for school's new drama studio

ACTOR Barrie Rutter opened the new drama studio at the Brooksbank School, Elland.

Mr Rutter, the artistic director of Northern Broadsides theatre company, at Dean Clough, Halifax, spoke frankly about his northern roots and upbringing.

He told the audience he had never had any difficulty finding a spotlight – even when it was intended for Henry V!

And he had this advice to the school's performers, saying: "You've got a lovely sprung floor here – don't hurt it but hammer it!"

Head teacher Jeanne Watson said: "The design provides the school with an eco-friendly, light filled arts studio which exudes colour, light and warmth. Our drama and performance studies work has taken on a new dimension.

"The acoustically-enhanced area will provide increased opportunities for music and choral work and our forthcoming art exhibitions will transform the space into a 21st century gallery."

There was live music, drama and an exhibition of A-level and GCSE art work.

Performers included the Folk Ensemble , the Jazz Band, singer Sophie Greig and dancers Amy Straw and Rachel Vine, followed by Josh Simpson and Maisy Varey.

Drama students performed Victorian melodrama Murder in the Red Barn and the showcase ended with the Part Singers singing Oh Happy Day.

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