Pupils head for pub to stage the school play

The cast of High Storrs School production of Two, to be performed in The Greystones pub,  with co-directors Ruth Carney-Nash (left) and Claire Pender (right).
The cast of High Storrs School production of Two, to be performed in The Greystones pub, with co-directors Ruth Carney-Nash (left) and Claire Pender (right).

YOUNG actors from High Storrs School have become accustomed to performing in public spaces such as the Crucible Theatre but this weekend they are going down the pub.

That’s because they are putting on the play Two, by Jim Cartwright, which is set in a northern pub in the 1980s, and they will be using the back room of The Greystones on Greystones Road as the set.

The group of 13 students are being given the chance not only to act in a site specific play and bring it to the local community, but also to work with a professional director, Ruth Carney-Nash, who is co-directing with the school’s head of drama and assistant headteacher, Claire Pender.

The comedic yet tragic play features various characters as their lives come in and out of the pub and tell their stories. The audience will be part of the scene as they sit in the pub watching the drama unfold.

The cast, mostly Y12 and Y13 students along with on Y7 boy, comprises Ruari Scates, Beth Carrie, Lily Coates, Sam Henderson, Evie Doughty, Joe Clarkson, Alexandra Jones, Joseph Flynn, Lizzi Turner, Eddie-Joe Robinson, Peter Burley, Rosie Evans, Cassie Bakshani and Elijah Parkin.

High Storrs is known for high standards in drama and particularly for their annual show in July at The Crucible which this year will be Sweeney Todd: School Edition.

Claire Pender said she was keen to broaden the students’ opportunities to more than one school production. “The wide range and talent we have at this school makes it possible to provide numerous outlets for this talent. It’s a pleasure to work closely with Ruth who brings experience, drive and enthusiasm to High Storrs, and we look forward to working with her again.”

Ruth Carney-Nash is founder of the Carney Academy and brings experience of West End directing experience.

Two: High Storrs School production of Jim Cartwright’s dark comedy6 set in a northern pub in the 1980s, The Greystones, Greystones Road, Sunday, 2.30pm (£5, 2670000).