Thursday, 5 July 2012

Guest Review: The Epilogue

On Wednesday Night, the Yr10 BTEC Theatre Company 'Two Face', produced two contrasting pieces of devised drama from their original scripted piece "The Grey Angel" which they performed back in February.  The original play was about Elizabeth Fry, one of England's key prisoner reformers and was set in Newgate Prison.
The first group (Tonya Greenhill, Heather Buchanan & Stephen Sullivan) sensitively explored the fortunes of what happened to two sisters after they were released from prison and portrayed this in the style of a "Who Do You Think You Are?" documentary. The second group (Naomi Kemp, Amy Broadfoot, Lucy Phelps) took inspiration from one of our regular professional theatre companies 'Gonzo Moose' and came up with a very witty spoof entitled "I'm a Dying Prisoner, Get Me Out of Here!".
It's great to see the impact live theatre has on our students and I'm really pleased to see them striving to achieve their best each time they perform.
- Mrs Stimson

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Guest Review: ‘Accidental Death of an Anarchist’

"It was an absolute pleasure to be entertained and notably educated by the Rambunctious Theatre Company’s performance of Dario Fo’s ‘Accidental Death of an Anarchist’ last night. The energetic, yet controlled cast did a superb job, it was easy to forget I was not watching a professional theatre company, but then again with this calibre of student... ‘watch this space!’  The cast of inspirational past and present students worked collaboratively in just a short space of time and achieved high quality theatre. Their witty and mature storytelling of the police corruption unfolding in Italy in the 1960s/70s transported us into their journey of investigation into how and why an anarchist in custody met his death through the window of the police headquarters’ interview room. The comical yet highly political performance was excellently executed with creative and convincing characterisation, impeccable comical timing, hilarious visual comedy, effective use of composite set and let’s not forget true understanding and appreciation of the well acclaimed script.
Each cast member, either past or present 'Bradoner'; Harley Viveash, Samuel Stafford, Anna Meares, Oliver Webb, Isobel Rowand and Fleur Calder were truly inspirational as they showcased the outcomes of their years of studying and practicing the craft of acting. Harley’s excellent multi role-playing skills made him ‘purpose built’ for the role of the Maniac impersonator, he can truly play his hand at any role with great success. The entire cast was a delight to watch and I am sure any tutor or teacher of each of these students past and present would be very proud to watch them perform and shine."

Miss C Parsloe