Ocho – How a theatre project changed lives

In September 2016, Lucy Riley, head of drama at Archbishop Sentamu School in Hull set up The Spotlight Scholarship programme to help gifted and talented pupils from within the school to further reach their potential. The school lies in the 16 th most deprived area in the U.K. and pursuing a career in the arts for any of these pupils can seem unachievable especially as many pupils are lacking in self-belief…

 Spotlight Scholarship Fundraiser (pdf)

Spotlight Ensemble, Archbishop Sentamu Academy

With ever increasing cuts to the Arts and severe lack of support from the Government at a time when young people need it most to help deal with academic pressures and self-belief, pursuing a career in the Arts can seem unachievable for young people from a disadvantaged area.

With that in mind, The Neil Hudgell Trust was delighted to support The Spotlight Scholarship programme at Archbishop Sentamu School in Hull, in September 2016.

The project aimed to encourage gifted and talented pupils in the performing Arts, and a £3,000 donation from the Neil Hudgell Trust went towards the production of Ocho.

This play told the story of eight men from Hull who went to fight in the Spanish Civil War.

BAFTA-winning playwright Jane Thornton gave her time freely to write and direct this project, working with local historians and relatives of the eight men to weave together the story.

Musicians David Rotheray and Gary Hammond, of The Beautiful South, also gave their time, with five performances of the production playing to sell-out audiences in the East Riding in the summer of 2017.