There’s always something quite magical about going to a theatre, from the show itself, to the props, lighting, dancing and singing. Often leaving you thinking, how did they do that?

Learners across various R.E.A.L. sites were recently given a full backstage tour at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal as part of their ‘building blocks of theatre’ module.

In this scheme of work, learners have studied lighting, sound, costume design, make-up, stage sets, special effects, scripts and stage directions.

Debra Lloyd, Teacher said: “Visiting the theatre made all of this studying come to life. It helped the learners to make sense of all the many parts that need to come together to make a theatrical performance happen and experience first hand what happens backstage.

“They were able to visit dressing rooms, see where the props and costumes are kept, explore the auditorium, see the huge spotlights and experience what it feels like to stand on the stage.”

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