A LETTER TO LACEY: Changing Rooms
World theatre day at Hove Park school and the performing arts couldn't be more prominent: with a sellout performance of 'Grease' and upcoming 'Shakespeare for Schools' productions. A group of Year 10 drama students are coming together to deal with a variety of controversial subjects, in a production of 'A Letter to Lacey', by playwright Catherine Johnson, who was best known for her screenplay of bestselling UK film 'Mamma Mia!'.
Recently, Hove Park students tested the play before a mere 25 people, but soon will be bursting onto the stage of the Capital Horsham as part of the new Theatre Connections scheme, performing their production before a 300+ audience.
The play itself deals with issues like abuse, domestic violence and rape, all set around a young relationship. These are of course very unusual and controversial subjects for a school to cover, which is possibly why there has been so much interest in the production.
With today being world theatre day, the spirit of performing arts is heavy in the air, and at this school in particular, with it's strongest performances fresh in peoples memories, things are looking good for Hove Park's theatrical future.
Sussex Sporting Stars- Who will be our next generation of Olympians?
By Jess and Aisha
It's 863 days until the Rio Olympics and young athletes are becoming more talented than ever. India and Ellen are two aspiring Olympians from Brighton and Hove, who hope to leave their mark in the sporting industry.
Ellen began running when she was 10 years old, and trains on the track four times a week. She is the youngest runner at her athletics club and has won a gold medal at the Sussex championships. Ellen is currently training for a 400m race, which is taking her out of her comfort zone as it’s ‘a very hard race to run’ and ‘physically demanding’ combining speed and stamina.
India has been cycling since she was just 6 years of age, but didn't take this hobby seriously until last year. India cycles 4-5 times a week at her club and around her local area. India is currently training for the National Youth Omnium, and the National Championships. India has also been invited to cycle at the Olympic Velodrome in April, after being noticed for her unique sporting ability.
India’s advice for aspiring cyclists was: “Make the most of your local area's cycle routes and mixed terrain, and never be afraid of competition.”