Walsall College students have a laugh with Lenny Henry at performing arts workshop

Walsall College students have a laugh with Lenny Henry at performing arts workshop

It certainly was a laughing matter when comedian Lenny Henry held a workshop with Performing Arts students at Walsall College.

It was aimed to help him finalise the script for his latest play, which will be performed as part of the National Theatre’s Connections festival.

The workshop was organised by the National Theatre following the success of last year’s New Connections Festival, where Walsall College students were one of only 10 groups selected to perform, from 500 institutions that applied.

Lecturer Kerry Downing, said: “We have developed an excellent working relationship with the National Theatre, as a result of the hard work and dedication shown by students in their performance last year.

“It was an incredible and very rewarding opportunity for our students to work with an established artist like Lenny Henry, and to also put their ideas forward for his consideration.”

Lenny Henry said: “The students were very forthcoming in the workshop and it was great to hear their opinions about the play, as well as the general issues affecting younger people in today’s society.”