Video shoot for drama children

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CHILDREN from a drama school got a taste of pop stardom.

Youngsters from Activate in Sunderland took part in a video shoot for a debut solo album by former Coral guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones.

The pint-sized actors dressed up as soldiers for the two-day shoot at an abandoned magnesium plant.

Teacher Lesley McDonough said: “It was overlooking the sea, very cold and bleak, but the kids loved it.

“They had wild costumes and for one scene had to have food dye on their tongues to make them black for close-ups.”

The video was shot by up-and-coming film director Sean Conway of Pinball Films.

He said: “The lads were an absolute joy to work with, super cool. They really worked hard.”