THEATRE studies students from Mirfield Free Grammar School will be treading the boards at the Lowry Theatre in Manchester on Thursday.

The group of A Level students have reached the regional final of the Shell Connections competition which is run with the National Theatre.

They were chosen by critics from the National Theatre who attended the first night performance of the powerful drama Broken Hallelujah by Sharman McDonald last month.

Broken Hallelujah is set at the time of the American civil war and is about friendship, betrayal and love.

The play is directed by Claire Angeletti, head of drama who enjoyed a 20 year career as an actor before joining the school's staff two years ago.

Tickets are sold out for the performance at the Lowry with buses travelling there from the school.

National Theatre director Nicolas Hytner said the national competition never failed to excite and inspire those taking part.