‘I never knew theatre could be like this!’

These words bring joy to the heart of any drama teacher. It’s fair to say that the trip to see ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’ was a resounding success. Students in years 8 and above were given the opportunity to watch this astonishing spectacle of story telling brought to life by the National Theatre from the original book by Neil Gaiman. Students were amazed by the effects, similar to those you might see in ‘Stranger Things’, and gripped by the lighting, sound and use of puppetry. ‘It’s nothing like panto’ remarked one Year 9 – and they were quite right! But the most pleasing comment of the night goes to a Year 10 student who – in all seriousness – said to me as we left the Bath Theatre Royal ‘I can’t wait to write about this!’