Pigeon English is the modern text currently being studied by the Leigh UTC’s Year 11 students, as part of their GCSE English Literature qualification. On Tuesday 22nd November 2016, forty eight students and five members of staff set off to the West End to watch the National Youth Theatre’s adaptation of the 2011 Man Booker prize shortlisted novel. Award-winning playwright Gbolahan Obisesan’s adaptation of the arresting Stephen Kelman novel was performed at the Ambassadors Theatre, London. The funny yet tragic storyline was inspired by the death of school boy Damilola Taylor.
Despite being sat right up in the ‘Gods’, with very little leg room for some, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the electrifying and engaging performance. The show’s snappy naturalistic dialogue and frenetic movements allowed students to visualise the story of 10-year old Ghanaian boy Harrison and gain a better understanding of themes such as gang culture, poverty and immigration.