On Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd December, 28 drama and art students descended upon London to embrace the arts offered by the capital.
After arriving in London just after lunch, we immediately made our way to the top of London’s highest viewing platform at The Shard. Students spent time taking in the spectacular panoramic views of the city whilst attempting to identify the many historical landmarks. Back on lower ground, we then made a quick stop at the hotel to drop off luggage before heading out for a bite to eat at Byron Burger. Once full, we then made our way to the Adelphi Theatre for our first show: Waitress. Students laughed, cheered and cried throughout the performance, and all stressed how thoroughly they enjoyed the show. After a long day of travelling and exploring the city, we headed to the hotel for a well-deserved rest before another busy day.
After a good night’s sleep, we were up early to enjoy a full English breakfast and make our way to Tate Modern. We were so punctual; we arrived before it had even opened! Whilst waiting, we decided to go for a stroll along Millennium Bridge. Once we were (finally) inside, students were able to explore an inspiring collection of exhibitions that included both contemporary and modern art from a range of countries, cultures and times.
After Tate Modern, students were given time to explore the popular shopping area of Covent Garden and watch the infamous street performers. Cold weather and the cobbled streets that were decked with Christmas decorations got us all feeling festive. Luckily, before the cold became too much, we headed over for our final theatre performance: The Woman in Black. An eerie and compelling performance (which the students claim didn’t scare them too much) that included a range of dramatic techniques will inspire the students to analyse in their upcoming live evaluations.
Phew! This was a trip packed with activities, but a great time was had by all. The students were thoroughly engaged and their impeccable behaviour was an excellent representation of QEGS.