Performing Arts students from New City College Ardleigh Green will be starring in the world premiere of a new play at the Queen’s Theatre.
This exciting opportunity has been offered to the 17 young actors through the growing partnership between the college in Ardleigh Green Road and the popular Hornchurch theatre.
The play, by acclaimed Essex writer Vickie Donoghue, is called The Flood and is bringing the local community together with the casting of two large ensembles – one group of late-teens (Ardleigh Green students) and one group of older people (local residents) – to join the main actors on stage.
Showing from 3rd March to 18th March, The Flood commemorates the 70th anniversary of the real-life disaster of 1953 in which 58 people lost their lives during a flood on Canvey Island.
Writer Vickie said: “It’s an exploration of a community over 100 years and, I hope, a love letter to Canvey and its brave people.
“The idea of casting people from the local community really excites me. It just feels right because in the end this play is all about people and relationships, family and friendship.”
A Queen’s Theatre spokesperson said it was the perfect piece to showcase the students and to further develop the partnership, formed in May 2022, between NCC Ardleigh Green campus and the theatre – see photos of students performing in The Flood, below, taken by Craig Sugden, along with photos of the partnership launch last year.