Actress Lesley Sharp - currently appearing at the National Theatre on the South Bank - led a Q&A session with GCSE drama pupils at the Globe Academy this week.
The actress shared her experience and insight into the characters to help the students relate to the play and bring it to life. The students also had the opportunity to read through their lines with Sharp.
"The students will be performing scenes from this play for their final performance examination," said learning director Davor Golub.
"This workshop with Lesley will be of huge benefit to them and allowed them to explore in detail how she created her characterisation. This will undoubtedly have an extremely positive impact on their exam performance."
Sharp reinforced the importance of the students learning their lines, understanding the world their characters are from to help them engage with them and suggested listening to music from the era to help them get into character.
Principal Matt Jones said: "We are delighted to welcome actor Lesley Sharp to Globe Academy.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for our year 11s to talk to the leading actor of a play they have recently seen at the theatre.
"I have no doubt that Lesley will inspire and motivate our year 11s in achieving their own aspirations."
Lesley Sharp has previously starred in the television series Clocking Off and Scott & Bailey and her film credits include The Full Monty and Vera Drake.
Globe Academy is an all-through academy for 3 to 18-year-olds located on Harper Road.