Students join cast of latest ITV period drama, Home Fires

Students from Shrewsbury College got a taste of life on a TV set whilst working as extras on ITV’s latest six-part period drama, Home Fires, which aired earlier this month. (Sunday 3 May)

Home Fires is set in a rural Cheshire community and follows a group of inspirational women during the difficult times of World War II. It stars an array of British actors, including Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey, 2015), Clair Rushbrook (Whitechapel, 2014) and Mark Bonnar (Line of Duty, 2014).

A group of Performing Arts students from the College joined the cast at Sleap Airfield, near Shrewsbury, during a two-day shoot earlier this year. As with life on a fast-paced TV set, filming started at the crack of dawn when students were put into period-costumes and hair and makeup.

During filming the students performed a whole host of roles, from RAF pilots and mechanics to typists.

First-year Performing Arts student, Harry Allmark, 17, from Shrewsbury, said: “Working on the set of Home Fires was by far one of the biggest opportunities I’ve had whilst studying at Shrewsbury College.

“My favourite moment from the filming was traveling around on set in a World War II truck, especially when the Hurricane flew overhead.”

Second year Performing Arts student, Rebecca Peace, 20, from Oswestry had the unique opportunity to have a speaking part, working alongside British actress Rachel Hurd-Wood, (Peter Pan, 2003). She said: “I was so lucky to be given a few lines to say on camera, it was an amazing experience which I will keep hold of forever.

“When I finish my course I am going on to progress onto a degree-level programme, and with the varied experiences I’ve received from College I feel completely ready for it. I loved filming Home Fires and cannot thank the Performing Arts team enough for giving me such a wide variety of opportunities.”

Home Fires continues on Sunday at 9pm on ITV1 and is available on Catchup.

For more information about Performing Arts courses at Shrewsbury College, please come to the Advice Event on June 4 from 5pm to 7pm, call 01743 342411 or follow the hashtag #HQPA on Twitter.

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