PUPILS from Marling and Stroud High schools will be channelling their inner Freddie Mercury when they strut their stuff in a joint production of the West End hit We Will Rock You later this month.

The musical tells the story of a dystopian world where the Killer Queen and her GaGa Police control all aspects of modern life, including the music that people can listen to.

A group of rebels known as Bohemians hark back to a time called Rhapsody where young people wrote and performed their own songs.

Legend has it that there is an underground store of musical instruments and the Bohemians are in a race against the GaGa Police to find the hero Galileo, who can lead them to Brian May’s fabled guitar.

The cast is drawn from students from Years 10 to 13 from both Marling and Stroud High schools.

It will be performed at Stroud High School starting at 6.30pm on February 28, March 1 and March 2.

Jessica Ashley, head of drama at Marling School, is hoping for a large crowd for each performance.

“The students have been working very hard both on stage and behind the scenes,” said Ms Ashley.

“They are doing everything from acting to stage management to musical accompaniment.

“They have had great fun learning the script and amazing songs and I hope that the local community will come along to support them.”

Chloe Castleton, drama teacher at Stroud High School, is very excited for the joint production.

"It is a very exciting year for school productions at Marling and Stroud High as the two schools haven't done a joint show since 'Back to the 80s' in 2013,” she said.

“The cast, crew and band have been Queen-mad since September and it is time to rock the audience."

The story is told against a backdrop of rocking Queen tracks including Radio GaGa; Bohemian Rhapsody; Hammer to Fall; Another One Bites the Dust, It’s a Kind of Magic and We Are The Champions.

Dr Stuart Wilson, Headteacher of Marling School, is very much looking forward to the production.

“I am very excited about seeing the musical as I am a big fan of Queen’s music and will be interested to see how the students interpret these classic songs,” said Mr Wilson.

Tickets are priced at £5 and are available to buy from Marling and Stroud High school receptions.