In September 2016, Archbishop Sentamu Academy’s Spotlight Scholarship Programme joined forces with  BAFTA-winning playwright, Jane Thornton, to write a play about one of Hull’s most hidden pieces of history. Ocho (which is Spanish for eight) discovers the true story of the eight brave men from Hull who voluntarily fought in the Spanish Civil War.

The play, which featured music written by The Beautiful South’s Dave Rotheray, toured over June and early July. There was 5 shows here at ASA, all of which sold out before the shows started! The cast, made up of Y10 – Y13 ASA Students, then toured around the East Riding and eventually went onto The Institute of the Arts, Barcelona.

This incredible experience was not only life-changing for the students but touched the hearts of hundreds who watched the show and also the relatives of the men who fought in Spain. We received hundreds of reviews from the audiences who enjoyed the show and even made it into The Yorkshire Post and The Socialist Party Newspaper. This also included well-wishes from Shadow Attorney General, Shami Chakrabarti and even a ‘like’ on Twitter from Jeremy Corbyn!

Our social media accounts were inundated with kind comments following the show, here’s a few from some of the relatives;

Julie Lynne Bentley – So proud to meet the cast thank you again for a fantastic night. Have a great time in Spain look forward to some pictures. Love to you all xxx

Helen Bones Bentley – Was a fantastic night very emotional and personal. Lovely to meet the kids and everyone involved. Will never ever forget it xx

Gill Walters – So much energy, passion and talent! Wishing everyone all the best for the remaining performances and especially the Barcelona tour.

Lesley Foster – She (Audrey Wardle) has talked about how wonderful and emotional the whole experience has been. Congratulations to all involved.

But it doesn’t stop there… there’s now plans for another year of Ocho shows due to demand around the UK and back in Spain! Watch this space…

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