|22 girls and boys, all in the 4th form and studying GCSE Drama, put on four short plays as part of their coursework portfolio.
The first play was an extract from Dennis Potter’s ‘Blue Remembered Hills’, set in 1943, in the middle of World War II , and follows a bunch of 7 year olds who play out in the fields and farms near their homes. Their fun is laced with a cruel streak which emerges as the play progresses. Holly Hutchings, Kirsty Edwards, Hector Christodoulou, Ollie Keeling, Harry Price, Matt Astbury, and Caius Fitzgerald starred in this funny and disturbing extract.
‘Find Me’ by Olwen Wymark, is a true story of a girl, Verity, who is psychologically damaged, and it shows the struggles that her family has against prejudice, the medical world and the judicial system. The role of Verity was played by three actors, Chloe Pearson, Alice Walsh, and Abi Jones, while Jo Carter , Will Langston, and Jack Pritchard played Verity’s Mum, Dad, and brother respectively. The cast also used masks to interpret a variety of other roles in this powerful extract from the play.
After the interval, Tom Cadman, Ellie Hampton, Holly Brown, and Ollie Hankins performed scenes from ‘Last Tango in Little Grimley’ a comedy about a hopeless amateur dramatics group who are struggling with a lack of funds and a distinct lack of talent. The cast showed great comic timing in this amusing focus on a failing group of actors.
The final play was ‘Jeffery Bernard is unwell’, by Keith Waterhouse. Andrew Donald played the central character,Jeffery Bernard, a famous Sports writer, gambler and drinker, who was often too hung over to write his column. Gareth Sandbrook, Ed Williams, Charlie Wootton, and Tori Salt also performed in this multi role comedy in which the audience sees the thoughts and memories of Jeffery Bernard come to life on stage.
The evening was great success, highlighting the many talents of this group of fourth form students. The girls and boys performed with great confidence and maturity , showing that they are very capable actors.