BURNT Mill Academy students in Harlow are taking part in a series of drama workshops with top soap actor Ricky Norwood to perform in the Rudolph Walker Inter-School Drama Award.
The award-winning EastEnders actor Rudolph Walker OBE, founder of Rudolph Walker Inter-School Drama Award,s introduced his scheme to the students at the academy.
The actor made a surprise visit to the school to spend time with year 7 to 10 students and brought in former colleague Ricky Norwood.
Ricky, who played the role of Arthur “Fatboy” Chubbs in EastEnders, wanted to devote his time to help Harlow pupils develop their creative and technical skills during a four-week course.
Whilst working with Ricky, students are given the opportunity to produce their own drama piece in the hopes of performing and competing against other schools at the Drama awards event.
Ricky, who is working with the students for the show, said: “This foundation gives them an opportunity to speak on what they love, what they hated, what they want to shout about and stand up for.
“There’s a lot going on in the world and the UK and often young peoples’ voices are drowned out by the madness.”
The first four visits started with Ricky encouraging students to open up and talk about their interests. During week two students developed improvisations based on topics they had chosen.
Ricky said: “Their performance will be developed from these improvised scenes. I will teach them stage techniques and theatre etiquette, but the core of the piece is what they feel is important.”
Phil Watson, lead practitioner for drama, said: “These students were chosen as they have shown a lot of commitment. The class was asked to put together a show as an audition and these students were chosen for their wonderful ideas.”