Talented Sheffield students make their own entertainment

Firth Park Community College - Students and teachers involved in the plays they have written
Firth Park Community College - Students and teachers involved in the plays they have written
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Home-grown dramas set at a Sheffield school were brought to life by budding playwrights.

Pupils at Firth Park Community Arts College were inspired to write 20 short plays about the school after a recent hit Crucible production, called 20 Tiny Plays About Sheffield, by Sheffield People’s Theatre.

The youngsters penned their creations for a competition, with the winning entries then brought to life on the classroom stage.

Play topics ranged from tormented teenagers and stressed teachers to Sheffield heptathlete Jessica Ennis and even an alien invasion.

And students will stage the theatre extravaganza once again for parents in a special performance next month.

Teacher Zeena Rasheed, who is arts leader at the Firth Park school, said: “Firth Park students really are making their own entertainment!

“Staff, students and primary schools were inspired by Sheffield People’s Theatre’s performance of 20 Tiny Plays About Sheffield, and we decided to run our own event.

“We ran a play writing competition and then performed the winning plays, all about Firth Park.

“We all enjoyed writing plays for the new competition encouraging creative writing for pleasure.

“We even had some pretty good playwrights among the staff!”

The 20 Tiny Plays About Sheffield production was a compilation of five-minute plays, written by 20 writers of all ages and styles.

It was hailed as an ‘eclectic mix’ celebrating what residents love or hate about the city of seven hills.

Playwrights visited the school to help both Firth Park and primary school pupils come up with the ideas for the productions.

Eventually, 69 plays were created at the school, across a wide range of subjects.

Sheffield Theatres also donated prizes for the winning productions.

School parents, friends and relatives can enjoy the plays again in a special performance starring talented Firth Park students from all year groups on Tuesday, May 21, from 7pm in the school hall.

Tickets for the play cost £2.