was chosen because of its relevance to the evening.

Following the tradition of the last 15 years, Form 5 (and that is every pupil) presented a selection of scenes, including excerpts from plays, musical theatre, adapted novels and a Victorian Music Hall song. Each scene represented a wide range of theatrical styles, the texts of which have been studied in drama lessons during the year.

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The excerpts included:

Noughts and Crosses

The Lowther Arcade (a Music Hall song, with a beautiful toy shop window backdrop painted by Peter McNiven)

Shadow Play by Noel Coward

A touch of Italian Comedia del Arte with Goldoni’s A Servant to Two Masters

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

The Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare

The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband by Debbie Isitt

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stopparde

Punch and Judy – a Victorian script with life sized puppets. It was a devised ‘Jeremy Kyle’ style TV interview with modern versions of the Punch and Judy characters (rather violent, that!)

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne

Officer Krupke from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.

With a cast of 67, it would be impossible to mention everyone who took part, or even those who played the leading roles in the 12 pieces. Many thanks to David Hitchen for devising and directing such a wonderfully varied selection of styles and moods, with a host of strong, convincing and stunning performances all round. Thanks also to Lita Everett and Phil Waller for assisting David who will be hugely missed when he retires at the end of this term.