Students roll up for magical culture tour

Mark-Featherstone Witty, co-founder of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA).
Mark-Featherstone Witty, co-founder of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA).

A group of students from Ashington have visited the performing arts institute co-founded by Sir Paul McCartney.

Thirty students from Ashington High, Bothal Middle and Hirst Park Middle visited the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) as the highlight of a two day tour of the city’s cultural hot spots.

Co-founder Mark-Featherstone Witty said: “We founded the school in order to provide inspiration to students just like those I have had the pleasure of meeting from Ashington.

“The visit was the perfect chance to explain what goes on to mount an experience, where, for instance, production staff easily outnumber performers.”

The tour also included visits to The Everyman Theatre and The Beatles Story at the city’s Albert Dock.

Ashington Learning Partnership’s Andy Gaskell, who organised the tour, added: “Performing arts are an integral part of our schools’ ethos.

“Through music, dance and acting students can express themselves and build confidence in how they communicate with others.

“Mark’s work in creating LIPA has set the benchmark for how the performing arts should be integrated with other aspects of the curriculum.”