Noah

Noah is an adaptation of the well-known biblical story about the eponymous character and his family as they embark on the famous ark. Originally commissioned for Chichester Festival Youth Theatre in 2012, it was a brave and uncompromising retelling of the traditional story of the flood with plenty of humour.

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The Living Library

In Mrs Joughin's The Living Library, what starts as a fight to save the local library becomes a fight for the characters’ lives. Alice and the White Rabbit, The Wizard of Oz and Dorothy, Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter and other characters from classic novels, joined the children on stage for this lively performance as they search for, ‘The Book with All the Answers.’ Music by Mr D McGarry was a tuneful addition to the skilful acting of our Year 7 and 8 pupils.

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Carousel

This week sees the culmination of 10 weeks of hard work by around 85 cast and crew members (from year 3 in the Junior School all the way up to the Upper 6th) in our Whole School Musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. Last night saw the first in a run of four nights ending this Friday. With hired set and costumes from the original professional tour, an opening scene incorporating over 300 individual lights, and a 20 strong orchestra including, for the first time, a harpist, the show was filled with spectacular moments. We hope you will join us in celebrating the talent and effort that all of the pupils have put into this show, and, if you’ve not got your tickets yet, we invite you to join us for a spin on our Carousel!

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Noughts & Crosses

Senior School Play. The play and novel are set in an alternate history where humans evolved while Pangaea was still intact. In this history, individuals of African descent gained a technological and organisational advantage over Europeans and society is now segregated, with the Crosses (dark-skinned ruling class) in control of the Noughts (the ‘colourless’ underclass), who were once their slaves. We are introduced to and follow the intertwining lives of Sephy (a Cross), Callum (a Nought), and their families. Callum and Sephy befriended one another as children and this relationship continues, and becomes strained, when some Noughts are allowed into Heathcroft High; a school previously only accepting Crosses. However, their friendship, and eventual romance, is frowned upon owing to the segregation inherent in their society. Slowly Callum’s and Sephy’s families start to fall apart as the tensions between the Noughts and the Crosses escalate, with the increasing involvement of the Liberation Militia, a violent Nought terrorist group.

Oliver!

An amazing performance of Lionel Bart's musical, with a cast, crew and orchestra made up of over 110 pupils, largely from the lower school.

Peter Pan

An amazing opening night of the Lower School play; J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan.

Rozencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Audiences were overwhelmed by three outstanding performances of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. The level of acting was superlative, especially from the main characters, Isabel Manders and Thomas Wagg. Admiring comments have flowed in, particularly concerning their achievements in learning their lines and succeeding with the great pace of delivery. Special thank you to Mrs Graham for her wonderful co-directing and of course Mr Lench for his amazing directing.

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Whistle Down the Wind

A stunning whole school performance of Whistle Down the Wind.

Guards! Guards!

Dragons, magic, treachery and an orang-utan... It could only be Year 7 to 9's production of Terry Pratchett's Guards! Guards!

The Crucible

The Senior School production of The Crucible, directed by Mrs Stockdale is a powerful, dramatic and very well acted production with an excellent cast and crew.

Arthur Millers dramatic story takes place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Rooted in the history of the day, it recounts the events surrounding the Salem Witch Trials. This was a time when paranoia, hysteria, and deceit gripped the Puritan towns of New England, feeding on the religious fundamentalism of this tight-knit community. Good men and women were hung on the words of children; and neighbour turned on neighbour in fear for their lives and souls. Writing in the 1950s, Miller was reflecting the Communist Witch-hunts taking place in his own community, where men were ruined by association and on the strength of accusation alone.

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