Staff and students are invited to an adapted performance of Josephine the Angel which is being staged by Sixth Formers Kieron Carter, Abbi Coles and Sophie Ellis. The trio have turned an existing script into a fast-paced production as part of their BTEC Performing Arts coursework.
The play focuses on the real-life events of 9/11, when the firefighters of Ladder Company 6 encountered a woman, Josephine Harris, in the World Trade Center’s North Tower. The students have condensed and stripped down the play, originally written for six actors into a three-hander. It forms the basis of the physical theatre piece that combines acting, lights and movement.
Sophie, who is hoping to study Performing Arts at university said: ‘We have reworked it for about eight weeks and wanted to make it as visually pleasing as possible.’
Kieron said: ‘It covers quite a lot of issues and is very symbolic. It is looking at what we all know happened in a completely different light. We are doing a lot of rehearsals to fine-tune it.’
Abbi said: ‘We made our personal adaptations to the original script, changing bits, making it more suitable for a physical theatre piece and adapting it to fit the space. It has been hard as we didn’t want to perform it naturalistically, we had to alter the whole thing to incorporate own movements and there had to be a meaning behind it. We have learned a lot more about physical theatre during this process.’
The free performance, which lasts for around 15 minutes, will take place in the drama studio at Brooke Weston on Thursday 26th February from 16:30. Everyone is welcome to attend.