Over the past few months Harry Edmundson, Jess Crafter, Beth Carter-Hart, Holly Clarke, James Robertson, and Jess Birch, Post 16 students, have been taking part in ‘Play the Critic’ as part of the Leigh Aspire programme. The Leigh Aspire programme is a cross-Trust initiative, which aims to raise aspirations of HAP students.
For ‘Play the Critic’, students were amongst 17 students from across the Trust who attended a day’s workshop with Lyn Gardner, a leading theatre critic for the Guardian newspaper. They then had the opportunity to watch and submit a review of a play in the West End to Lyn Gardner.
The winning review was written by our very own Harry Edmundson! Harry has now won the opportunity to attend a press showing, with Lyn Gardner of a new West End play/show in the New Year.
Feedback from Lyn about our students mentioned she was…
“…very impressed with the students, not just by their high levels of ability but also by their politeness, willingness to defend their corner and take criticism. They were a lovely bunch: engaged, thoughtful and full of personality.”
It is a double celebration for Harry, who has also been successfully chosen to take part in the Cambridge University Students’ Union Shadowing Scheme. Harry was one of 300 students nationally who have been selected out of an unprecedented 3000 applicants.