In October the Performing Arts department set off to Dusseldorf to perform at the Reading Dusseldorf 70th Anniversary weekend.
They were working with Theodor-Fliedner-Gymnasium on a new play called “The way we live”. The group have been working hard for the past 3 weeks on the piece devised by Head of Performing Arts, Mr Robinson as well as fundraising for almost a year!
Once in Dusseldorf they went straight to the school for their first performance and it was immediately clear that they had a long way to go before they were ready for the performance.
After a week of re-writes, rehearsals, tears and joy they were finally ready for the first performance on the Thursday in front of staff and family. The performance went well, but they knew we could do better.
The next day was the official event at the local Arts centre, and with both Dusseldorf and Reading dignitaries in attendance they performed their socks off, and at the end received a well deserved standing ovation.
During the week they also tasted the German way of life that included visits around the city and up the Rhine, as well as a day in Cologne. They learnt some German and ate German sausage (with mixed reviews). The students returned home on the Sunday, exhausted but proud of what they had achieved.
They are now looking forward to a visit from Theodor-Fliedner-Gymnasium in January for an evening of Shakespeare.