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A magical carpet ride with Aladdin

15 November 2017


Recently, boys in the 2nd Form went on a magical carpet ride to see the West End Production of Disney's Aladdin, at the Prince Edward Theatre in London.

In preparation, the art, drama and English departments banded together to enhance the experience.  In art, the boys studied both Persian and Asian artwork, which inspired some fantastic mixed media pieces. These included: tissue collage, wax cracking and metallic paint.  In drama, they learnt how professional theatre productions are produced with a particular focus on Disney’s Aladdin, by looking at backstage aspects such as costume, lighting and stage make-up.  For their English studies, Philip Pullman's adaptation of Aladdin and his Magical Lamp is being used as inspiration for fantasy stories over the coming weeks. 

This trip provided boys with the chance to act as theatre critics, considering their reactions to the staging and characters and opinions about the entertainment on offer.  We look forward to their video presentations.

At the end of the show there was a moving speech from a boy named Luke, who is taking part in Children in Need’s Rickshaw Challenge. He spoke of his experiences living with Cerebral Palsy and his plans to raise as much as possible for fellow sufferers of the condition. Caldicott boys were inspired by the speech and have been learning more about how they can help. 

The boys were lucky enough to meet Aladdin and his friend Babkak who were both marvellous in the production.

Jo Duncan


2nd Form Aladdin Trip

Artwork by: Arman F and Harry M