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Students welcome actors from National Theatre

Plympton Academy students with National Theatre actors. (From left to right) Daniel Wilson, Luke Vincent, Nate Heney, actor Thomas Dennis, puppeteer Elizabeth Stretton, Summer Holmes, Katie Harwood and Leona Downey.

Performing Arts students at Plympton Academy found out what it was like to be a professional actor when they welcomed two very special guests into the Academy recently.

Thomas Dennis and Elizabeth Stretton are both actors in the National Theatre’s production of War Horse, which has been playing to packed-out audiences at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth.

Thomas currently has the lead role of Albert Narracott and Elizabeth is a puppeteer.

The actors answered questions from the students about what it was like being in a hugely acclaimed production such as War Horse.

Director of Performing Arts at Plympton Academy Jo Crook said, “Thomas spoke about his career pathway and training and Elizabeth shared her contrasting experiences of becoming a professional. They spoke in detail about the importance of the ensemble and how every actor in the production is equally important in telling the story. The students were totally absorbed.”

Following the actors visit to the Academy, Year 10 student Daniel Hillon said, “I feel more motivated to succeed in Performing Arts and that a future career is possible so long as you keep trying.”

Earlier this year, Sir Michael Morpurgo officially opened the new Performing Arts building at the Academy. The Morpurgo Studios include music classrooms, practice rooms, a recording studio; drama studio and theatre space.