STUDENTS have taken on a challenging Dickens novel for this year’s production.

Richmond School’s head of community arts Ian Henderson recognised the talent-base among his students so chose an adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby to push them further. 

He said: “The students interpreted a classic story with dark and complex themes with maturity and creativity.

“The company was made up of students from year seven through to year 13, who were involved in every aspect of the production.”

“Performing as part of an ensemble which was in sight of the audience throughout was a totally new experience for the majority of the cast and the traverse performance area required constant audience awareness.

“It was a real test for the cast but the challenges were undertaken with professionalism and commitment.”

He added that the production team had responded well to the challenges of the space and were given the opportunity to learn some new techniques along the way.

Headteacher Ian Robertson said: “Nicholas Nickleby was a challenging production for all involved and the result was stunning. Everyone involved should be truly proud of their achievements, as I am of our students and staff.”