Refugee crisis key to drama pupils’ award winning work

Talented Year 13 drama students from Ormiston Sudbury Academy won the overall winners trophy at the second Woodbridge Drama Festival, ANL-160615-125438001
Talented Year 13 drama students from Ormiston Sudbury Academy won the overall winners trophy at the second Woodbridge Drama Festival, ANL-160615-125438001

Talented Year 13 drama students from Ormiston Sudbury Academy were crowned overall winners at the second Woodbridge Drama Festival.

The pupils won with their devised piece ‘What does Immigration mean to you?’

The students’ piece took its theme from the current refugee crisis and what it means to the people of the world, Europe, the UK, Ipswich and finally people from the town of Sudbury.

The script was created from words spoken in interviews with people from countries across the world and speeches by politicians.

The group took a very current and interesting take on what the crisis means to refugees themselves, politicians, people from across the world and people from a small Suffolk town.

Head of performance at the Academy Leo Cox, said: “The students have been working together for the last four years on a number of scripted, devised and musical productions.

“They are all aged 18 and are about to leave the academy to pursue careers in the performing arts - many hoping to attend drama schools to study either acting or musical theatre.

“They are an exceptionally talented group of individuals who perform in around 12 shows a year.

“The festival was a fantastic opportunity to perform the piece and invite many of the people who had contributed interviews, including two refugees from the United Arab Emirates who thoroughly enjoyed the piece and bought their son along to watch.

“I was extremely proud of the students for winning the overall festival winners trophy. They worked extremely hard to research, create and develop the piece and it was one of the best devised pieces I have ever had the pleasure of working on.”