Otley pupils study at hip-hop workshop

Maxwell Golden will be playing around 30 roles at the Otley Courthouse production

Maxwell Golden will be playing around 30 roles at the Otley Courthouse production

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Otley pupils will learn more about hip-hop at a special workshop.

Drama students from Prince Henry’s Grammar School have been working with Otley Courthouse to jointly promote Contact Theatre’s CountryBoy, which is on Friday, February 8.

The one-man play tells the story of a struggling MC, played by Maxwell Golden, who has agreed to work with pupils on a hip-hop theatre workshop before the show.

The collaboration between the Courthouse and the Young Promoters Group from Prince Henry’s has seen the students involved with everything from selling tickets to designing posters, and they will also help ‘manage house’ on the night.

Teachers have been supporting by helping arrange the theatre workshop and giving marketing, event management and poster design tips. English teacher Chris Smith said: “Performance arts are really important to the school, and with our drama provision expanding this has been a fantastic opportunity for students to see how a real theatre company works.

“We have worked with Otley Courthouse on a number of projects over the past couple of years on everything from showcases for bands and acts within the school, to our involvement in Otley Word Feast and Ilkley Literature Festival.

“Along with the space being used by the art department for the sixth-form exhibition last year, it is really becoming a focal point for the creativity of our students.”

CountryBoy, for anyone 12 or over, features strong language. It begins at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 or £5 in advance, £9 or £7 on the door, and are available from the venue or by calling (01943) 467466.

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