YOUNG actors in Winterbourne are swapping their books for blood-thirsty plants as they take to the stage for their annual musical.

Students at Winterbourne International Academy are performing Little Shop of Horrors all this week as their performing musical production of the academic year.

The highly-popular musical is about a nerdy florist shop worker who raises a vicious, raunchy plant that feeds on human blood. The off-Broadway musical comedy was originally composed by Alan Menkin and written by Howard Ashman. In 1986 it was turned into a film directed by Frank Oz and starred Rick Moranis and Steve Martin.

Spokesman for the academy, Rob Phillips, said: “Both the music and drama department have been working closely together since the beginning of the academic year with around 80 students contributing to the show as actors, musicians and technical crew.

“It is supported by the academy orchestra for a truly live experience.”

Little Shop Of Horrors is on at Winterbourne Arts Centre, within the academy site, every evening until Friday, January 31 (7pm). Tickets are available and cost £8 for adults and £6 concessions.