Following the success of our inaugural Performing Arts trip to London last year, we returned in November for two more days of theatre and culture in the glittering West End!
Our first stop when we finally arrived in London (all the roads in London seem to be being dug up at the moment!) was the Southbank. A quick lunch and some free time by the Thames was followed by a trip to the Tate Modern. No big swings for us to play on this year, but there were a number of interesting exhibits. One of the favourites was a film screening called The Clock – a video of thousands of video clips from film and television, with the plot and time synchronised to the exact time it was currently (so, if it was 2.15pm, the film included a clip where the plot and time within the clip was also 2.15pm). A very interesting, clever and popular exhibit!
After checking in to the hotel, we headed to Pizza Express near Covent Garden for our two course meal, following which we went to see The Woman In Black, a very interesting piece of theatre which uses subtle changes in lighting and sound in particular to create tension and discomfort in the audience.
Day two started with a trip to the Victoria and Albert Museum, a vast collection of art and design. It’s impossible to scratch the surface of what is on display here in the short time we had, but the theatre and performance collection was worth the visit, with lots of interesting items on display and interactive exhibits.
A brief stop in Covent Garden followed for a spot of lunch and perhaps some Christmas shopping, before we came to the highlight of the trip – The Lion King! We were fortunate to have some of the best seats in the house – stalls, along one of the aisles with all the animals of the savannah passing right by us! The show was a mastery of drama, music, dance, set design, costume and puppetry. We came out of the theatre absolutely buzzing and wanting more!
Sadly, our time in London had come to an end and we had to make the journey back up the M1 to Friesland. We all had a fantastic time – the students were incredibly well behaved and a credit to the school. Roll on the next trip in 2019!