On Friday 14 November 2014, twelve students in Years 7 and 8 were invited to the world-famous Royal Albert Hall, for the launch of a new children’s book by comedian Russell Brand. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for five students in particular, as they participated in the show, on stage with Russell. They played their part with aplomb and did the school proud; well done to Mohamed Ahmed (8B), Archie Horton (7E), Aaditya Mudhar (8B), Samuel Nixon (7D) and James Pusey (8E).

The other seven students settled into their seats to watch the show, as Russell did a live reading of his book, ‘Trickster Tales: The Pied Piper of Hamelin’. He performed with a full orchestra, which created a tangible ambience throughout. Also on stage with him was the book’s illustrator, Chris Riddell, doing some fantastic live drawings, which were projected on screens above Russell’s head.

After the show, Russell was gracious enough to chat with the boys backstage, signing their books and taking lots of selfies! The students were very excited about meeting the comedian; thank you to Russell for giving up his time for us. Thanks also to Debate Mate for providing us with the tickets for the event, and to Miss Sawbridge and Miss Breach for their organisation of the trip.


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