Friday, 30 September 2011

We Found Love and an Exquisite Set of Porcelain Figurines Aboard the SS Farndale Avenue

The 2011/12 Season in the Bradon Forest Theatre certainly started in style! A small cast of GCSE Drama students directed themselves in a play from the ever popular 'Farndale' series, in which actors take on the role of the Farndale Avenue Amateur Dramatics Society as they endeavour to perform to their village. Lines are always forgotten, the lighting and sound effects go wrong, set falls down around their ears and there's normally and on stage argument where one of them storm off, only to return 'for the good of the theatre'.

'We Found Love and an Exquisite Set of Porcelain Figurines Aboard the SS Farndale Avenue' was no exception. The basic plot of the play had something to do with a cruise ship, a famous actress, a box of porcelain figurines and a ship wreck, but you'd be forgiven for being more interested as to whether 'Thelma', played by Frankie Brett, would return for the finale after her dramatic tantrum!

All the students performed excellently and really took to their 'alter egos'. The cast included: Izzy Rowand, Frankie Brett, Michealla Penfield, Jack Matthewson-Inglis, Feion Harding with Rei Shimizu on the piano. The stage management, lighting and sound were all done by Oliver Webb, who had a tricky time following the script for cues... I don't think all of the line/cue merry-go-rounds were scripted!

Click here for the photo gallery.

Great work by all involved and we can now look forward to November where we will see all the students return in A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Mr Calder.

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