Following their spectacular performance of Lizzie Nunnery’s play ‘The Snow Dragons’ last month, our Drama department were thrilled to be given the opportunity to perform it again, taking the show to The Lowry as part of The National Theatre Connections Festival on Saturday 1st April.
The National Theatre Connections festival is a celebration of young people, theatre-making and the importance of access to the arts. Each year they commission ten new plays for young people to perform, bringing together writers and theatre-makers of tomorrow. Students once again performed spectacularly and were thrilled to be able to perform on a professional stage.
‘The Snow Dragons’ tells the story of Raggi and her friends, who spend their free time in the woods and mountains around their sleepy fjord town playing games of Vikings, dragons and war. When soldiers occupy the town, they watch from their hut in the mountains: their friends and families beaten, silenced, abducted… Let down by the adult world they form The Snow Dragons, ‘the last line of resistance’ carrying out sabotage missions.
The Lymm High School students began the day with a technical rehearsal in the professional theatre before watching two high quality performances by other groups. As the evening approached, families turned up in support and the audience grew ready for the curtains to rise at 9pm.
Throughout the day they were joined by two National Theatre representatives, Louie and Adele who gave feedback throughout the day having been very impressed to Lymm’s approach to the process.
Quite the accolade – they described the cast as ‘A theatre company in residence’ and a pleasure to work with stating that past student James Allen’s experience, going from performer in the cast to now current director and composer exemplified what the Connections project is all about.