Blackheath schoolchildren perform in Greenwich Cutty Sark ship's new art space

This Is Local London: The cast of The Reel Macbeth in the Cutty Sark, picture courtesy of Cutty Sark Trust Emile Holba The cast of The Reel Macbeth in the Cutty Sark, picture courtesy of Cutty Sark Trust Emile Holba

AN ARTS space in the belly of Greenwich’s iconic tea clipper has launched with Shakespearean dramatic flair.

Schoolchildren from Blackheath’s Corelli College helped kickstart the theatrical programme with an alternative take on Macbeth at the Cutty Sark’s new Michael Edwards Studio.

This Is Local London: Blackheath schoolchildren perform in Greenwich Cutty Sark ship's new art space

The lower hold of the ship, where precious cargoes of tea and wool were stored, has now been transformed into an 85-seat studio theatre.

Performers from Kidbrooke Theatre Company@Corelli College staged (The Reel) Macbeth and 20 Minutes at the new venue earlier this month.

This Is Local London: Blackheath schoolchildren perform in Greenwich Cutty Sark ship's new art space

Corelli College's arts college manager Shermaine Slocombe said: "The kids really enjoyed performing at the historical landmark. Both pieces were performed confidently and we look forward to going back one day."

This Is Local London: Blackheath schoolchildren perform in Greenwich Cutty Sark ship's new art space

Cutty Sark trustee Michael Edwards added: "Both halves were very competently performed and extremely well received by the audience, and it was very clear the students were enjoying themselves in our new performance environment.

"Thank you for supporting the Cutty Sark in this way, and we look forward to welcoming Corelli College back to the ship in the future."

To see the theatre’s programme of events visit rmg.co.uk/cuttysark/studio-theatre

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