Yesterday (Thursday 17 July) we returned home from an extraordinary CPA residential trip, where we spent two exciting days in London. In total there was a staggering 90 students and 11 members of staff who were all buzzing from the moment we set off on Wednesday morning at 7.00am to the moment we returned. A fanatical Drama Student, Jake Childe, took the opportunity to share his skills of being a tour guide and commentated on the sights of London as we reached South Bank. When we arrived in London on South Bank the students were able to absorb the spectacular views of Big Ben, The London Eye and The Houses of Parliament.
We then visited the London Dungeons which was a fantastic opportunity for students to learn about London’s terrifying past whilst seeing actors perform notorious demons such as Jack the Ripper and Sweeney Todd. As we ran through the haunting dungeons we were finally greeted with a ride which dropped us into darkness. Afterwards we enjoyed a walk over to the Pizza Hut and enjoyed a very fulfilling lunch.
We were all buzzing as it became close to 7pm as we were going to watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We had the best seats in the theatre, as we were two rows back from the stage and were able to see the characters come alive right in front of us. The set was phenomenal and was constantly changing. It was a very magical moment when Willy and Charlie hovered over the audience in the Willy Wonker’s glass elevator as they sang, ‘Pure Imagination’.
After a good night’s sleep we tackled a full English breakfast and ventured out into London for our second day. We started the day visiting the Pineapple Dance Studios and participating in a Billy Elliot workshop. It was led by a cast member which was either Billy’s brother or Mr Braithwaite. The actor taught us the finale of the musical Billy Elliot and we especially enjoyed the moment when Mr Watson who took on the role of Billy Elliot and completed his performance in the splits –OUCH!
We then enjoyed a lovely lunch sat watching the street entertainers in Convent Garden and then headed on for the last part of our trip which was watching Billy Elliot the Musical. This was another amazing performance that was both educational and a fantastical dance/ drama/ singing show. The journey home was filled with lots of giggles and smiles as we shared our stories about what happened on the trip.