Portland Place School Commandeers Professional Theatres

Last Updated on : 7th July 2017

Portland Place School pupils have ensured the academic year is ending on a high with two fantastic performances at renowned professional theatres.


Year six pupils gave a show to remember when they performed Pirates of the Curry Bean at RADA studios and years seven, eight and nine gave an impressive rendition of Alice in Wonderland at the Theatro Technis.

Giving the pupils the opportunity to perform in professional theatres not only gave them confidence and experience but it allowed them to be more creative and utilise the space, meaning both shows were wonderfully executed.

Pirates of the Curry Bean follows young twins Jack and Liza Periwinkle who yearn for adventure and happen upon a treasure map. However, infamous Pirate Redbeard and his Curry Bean crew, steal the map and kidnap their mother. The twins are up against it trying to save their mum, reclaim the map and find the treasure. Accompanied by their faithful cat Fiddlesticks, the twins join a mad admiral and his crazy crew on a voyage which takes them from Old London Docks to the mysterious land of Lumbago in the sea of Sciatica.


When directing Alice in Wonderland, drama teacher, Victoria Brocklehurst said: “In the words of A Scott Fitzgerald, I’ve always felt ‘simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life’ whilst living in London and I think that’s how Alice feels as she embarks on her journey through Wonderland. As I read the text it was as though each character represented a section of London’s society and its diversity, energy and infinite sense of possibility mirrored that of Wonderland.  The fact that Portland Place School is in the heart of our wonderful city made it even more fitting to set the play in London.”

Head of Drama at Portland Place School, and Director of Pirates of the Curry Bean, David Chivers, commented: “These bigger venues allowed us to be more creative and our young stars really did flourish. Both performances were appreciated by audiences including staff, family and friends. The final mention must go to students themselves, who at this time of year, are balancing end of year exams, music concerts, national sporting events and of course these fantastic school plays!”


Portland Place School is a leading independent co-educational school for children aged 9-18, located directly in the heart of the City of Westminster.


For more information on the school visit:
www.portland-place.co.uk or call 020 7307 


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