A Level and GCSE Drama students from Coloma had the privilege of receiving an invitation to the reopening of the Ashcroft Playhouse at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon on Monday 16th September.
This exclusive event included being part of an invited audience to hear Dame Judi Dench discussing her life as an actress and her friendship with Croydon-born Dame Peggy Ashcroft. Joined on stage by theatre critic Michael Billington and broadcaster John Hannam, Dame Judi provided both fascinating and highly entertaining anecdotes on her many famous roles on stage and screen, together with poignant memories of her friend. She was an inspiring speaker, giving rich insights into theatre history, and encouraging the next generation of performers.
This was a unique and valuable experience for all who attended. Speaking afterwards, the girls were impressed with her authenticity and humbleness, despite her incredible achievements over a long and illustrious career. She is, indeed, a national treasure and we are fortunate to have been graced by her presence.
Miss L Woodacre