Famous playwright comes to Brid School

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A WRITER perceived by many as Britain’s third most performed playwright after Shakespeare and Alan Ayckbourne, paid a special visit to Bridlington School.

John Godber of ‘Bouncers’ fame met with the school’s A-level Performing Arts students during their drama skills lesson where he talked frankly about his life, his work and his association with Hull Truck Theatre.

Since joining the theatre in the early 1980’s, Godber’s name became synonymous with Hull Truck.

The endless list of successful plays, and his commitment to a ‘theatre for all’, placed Hull firmly on the theatrical map and the Bridlington School drama students have been studying his legacy.

They visited Hull Truck Theatre and went ‘behind the scenes’, as well as attending Godber’s The Office Christmas Party earlier this year and have staged their own version of one of Godber’s most successful plays, Shakers.

During Godber’s visit, the students heard how Shakers and Bouncers were written, how a number of his other plays were conceived and how he begins his playwriting from tiny design sketches to detailed characters, plots and a script.

The students described Godber as ‘inspirational’ and Mrs Kott-Atkinson, Head of Drama at Bridlington School, said she was thrilled that he had made time to visit the students.

Headteacher Sarah Pashley, who also met the playwright, said: “It was a great experience for the students to meet someone who is so successful in a field they are all so interested in.

“We hope that he will visit again sometime in the future.”