Warrington Collegiate students perform at Crewe Lyceum as part of Manchester Camerata project

Dance and drama students from Warrington Collegiate have performed in front of hundreds of Year 11 pupils after teaming up with Manchester’s chamber orchestra and Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service.

Warrington Collegiate was one of four Cheshire colleges involved with the ‘Fatal Distraction’ project, which saw them produce and perform a new piece tackling the issues surrounding young people and road traffic collisions.

Each college group worked with a Camerata composer, dramatist and musicians from the orchestra to write the new opera, which explores the causes and consequences of crashes involving young people.

It was informed by real life stories and explained the impact on drivers, passengers, passers-by, families and the emergency services that attend such incidents.

Warrington collegiate students performed two scenes at the Crewe Lyceum on Thursday 25th February.

They also put their mark on the entire opera – with students Scot Marshall and Katherine Howell landing the lead roles.

The project also saw a number of Level 3 Art students help to design and build the backdrops and props.

Michael Smith said: “Working with Manchester Camerata is fantastic work experience for our students. They are working with people who have been in the industry for years and this has given them an idea of the kind of jobs they can expect to go into in the future. It’s been a really worthwhile project and we’ve enjoyed every minute of it.

“The project was a great success and demonstrated the standard we push our learners to. Working with professionals has become an integrated part of our programmes.”