29th November 2019
It was an evening of mystery, passion and performance for over 200 guests this week, as A-level Dance, BTEC Acting and A-level Drama & Theatre students took to the stage with various extracts and recitals.
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
Taking to the stage first and opening the show with their dark and captivating extracts from ‘The Machinal’ was A-level Drama & Theatre students. The cast of 15 told the story of a young woman who lives with her mother. Suffering from the rituals that society expects of a woman, she subsequently finds herself in a unhappy marriage with her boss. When she has an affair with a younger man, her life is flipped upside-down.
From the strains of adult life to the adventure of a young boy, next to the stage was BTEC Acting students who took on the modern classic ‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime’. The play follows the story of Christopher Boone, a 15 year old, who is exceptional at Maths but finds people confusing. After finding a dead dog in his neighbour’s garden, he stumbles across other lies, uncovers truths and discovers that he can be braver than anyone expects.
To end the show, it was over to the 10 A-level Dance students. Dressed in black and white, the ensemble performed ‘Slumber’; a captivating piece inspired by Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty. Featuring phrases choreographed by the students as well as repertoire from Bourne’s work, they explored the movement qualities of sleep.
The audience, comprising of friends, family, staff and future students, applauded with enthusiasm as the lights faded. If you would like to come along to the next performance, the Musical Theatre Showcase is just around the corner – Thursday 5th December!