Friday 23rd April 2010 by C. Freeman
Year 10 students saw 'Ghost Boy' a gritty and explosive theatre production that included multi-layered visual and audio techniques to powerful effect. The piece, performed in the studio at Curve in Leicester, provided plenty of inspiration for the students' written coursework on theatrical elements and staging.
The story, collaboratively scripted with young people in Liverpool, focused on youth culture on the run-down Lemonade estate. Its themes of violence and death were sympathetically and powerfully rendered through the use of beat-boxing, hip-hop dance, projection, music and puppetry.
Teacher Miss Duguid said: 'It was an incredible mix and I think it will really have opened students' eyes to what can be done. It was an explosion of energy, colour and creativity. They used very simple strategies like 2D cardboard props that were beautifully designed. It was almost like watching a youth's book coming to life.
'At the end they met some of the cast members for autographs and photos. Some of them said it was the best performance they had ever seen. It's easy to take them to see grand productions but they have been working in a very abstract way, looking at Brecht and surrealism, so this allowed them to see something more contemporary, edgy, innovative and creative.'