Students at Ipswich sixth form One starring in The History Boys at Sir John Mills Theatre
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Two Ipswich sixth form students are performing in a new production of the comedy play The History Boys.
Charlie Cocker and Sean Bennett, who both study at One, are playing roles in a production that took London’s West End by storm before being turned into a successful film.
The show, written by Alan Bennett, is taking place at the Sir John Mills Theatre in Gatacre Road. It started on Wednesday and finishes next Saturday.
Eighteen-year-old Charlie, of Ipswich is playing Timms, a role made famous by comic actor James Corden.
The student, who previously starred in the One production of Hairspray as Edna and hopes to study acting at university, said: “This character suits me well – it’s fun and edgy. I’m quite like that in real life. I can’t wait for opening night.”
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Meanwhile Sean, a 16-year-old from Felixstowe, is playing Lockwood.
The teenager, who has been involved in amateur dramatics for two years, said: “It is fun to work in a group of eight people of roughly the same age, acting out many scenes in a classroom environment when most of us are still in education. We have a frame of reference.”
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Describing The History Boys, he said: “It’s very funny in a clever way. It’s culturally funny but has serious connotations. It will keep the audience on their toes.”
Rosie Beattie, a drama teacher at One, has been giving support to the two students in character workshops, and also supported them through the auditioning process.
For ticket information, call 01473 211498 or visit www.easternangles.co.uk.