Curtain up for Performing Arts and Drama students

Published: 25 November 2014 at 08:54

The students on the steps of the V&A Museum

Performing Arts and Drama students visit Victoria & Albert Museum and Garrick Theatre

In November, 3rd year students from our BA Performing Arts and Drama courses enjoyed a trip to the Victoria & Albert Museum's Theatre and Performance Galleries in London's West End. The trip was organised as part of the module Music Theatre Studies, led by Dr Sarah Whitfield and Dr Sue Wilson.

The students explored the V&A's considerable collections from the history of performance in London and further afield, then travelled to the Garrick Theatre to see a performance of The Scottsboro Boys. Based on the Scottsboro Boys trial in 1930 Alabama, an infamous miscarriage of justice, this musical was the last collaboration between John Kander and Fred Ebb.

Dr Whitfield said "The trip offered an opportunity for the students to get a sense of how music theatre is produced, and the kinds of issues that are faced in getting a production in front of an audience. The Scottsboro Boys is an exciting new musical which deals with a complex subject in an innovative way - it really shows what music theatre can do."

Third year Performing Arts student Sonia Wrightson added: "I thought that the trip was a brilliant idea... It was good to be able to do something related to our course which can academically help with our music theatre essay and dissertation research. I thoroughly enjoyed the day, as I love London anyway but to be able to watch a musical topped it off."