LA stage roles cue for peace

Henry Bridge, a pupil at Bedford Modern School, rehearsing for Peace Child in Los Angeles.
Henry Bridge, a pupil at Bedford Modern School, rehearsing for Peace Child in Los Angeles.

Two Bedford students have taken part in a peace performance in California.

Year 11 Bedford Modern School Students, Bertie Ensor-Clinch and Henry Bridge were invited to take part in the 2015 Peace Child musical, a production that gives voice to the global concerns of young people.

Bertie Ensor-Clinch rehearsing for Peace Child in Los Angeles.

Bertie Ensor-Clinch rehearsing for Peace Child in Los Angeles.

It was performed during August at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Scherr Forum Theatre in Los Angeles.

The production, directed by Stacey McEnnan, started in 1982 as children’s response to nuclear war. Peace Child is built on the idea that young people from very different backgrounds can come together to find common ground between ideology, culture and language.

While the play has a format, the cast add their own hot topics and help to write the

dialogue along with a professional writer. This cast’s topics included gun

crime, school shootings, racism and slavery.

Bertie, 15, said: “I joined the cast of the musical Peace Child simply because I saw it as a great opportunity and a bit of fun. But it was so much more than that. It was actually more amazing than I ever could have imagined. I met, lived and performed with children from

several other countries such as China, Mexico and the US. Overall I have had a completely unforgettable time and cannot wait until I hopefully go back to perform again and see all of the amazing people I met throughout this whole experience.”

John Fitton, Head of Year 11, said: “I was delighted for Bertie and Henry that they had such a fantastic opportunity over in America. They are very committed to Performing Arts at BMS and I have enjoyed their participation in both Cats and Oliver during their time here. I am sure that

both of them will have gained a huge amount from this experience and I look forward to their participation in future productions.”

To find out more information about Peace Child visit: http://peacechild.org/