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We can hardly believe that 2013/14 is coming to a close. What a festival this has been! From knights to night clubs, alien invasions to spiritual freedom, this year has had it all. Back in 1992/93 we performed in the Mary Smith Drama Studio (which is now the Mary Smith Music Suite) and a Drama hut situated where the Year 7 playground now is.
Our first plays included ‘Red, Black and Ignorant,’ ‘In Holland Stands A House (The Anne Frank story), ‘The Celebration of Koukoua’ and a shortened version of ‘Waiting for Godot.’
We’d sometimes stage one play in the studio, then the audience would have an interval cup of tea in the staffroom then shuffle across to the hut for another performance – how times have changed!
This year has really showcased the infinite performance possibilities that the incredible facilities of The Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre present us with. We have created a nightclub, the Sahara desert, a broadcasting studio, a jungle, classrooms, a pub, an alien, a car crash, to name a few. Since January 2000 we have been blessed with this 250 seat theatre and our festivals have gone from strength to strength. For next year we now have 7 groups in Year 11, each performing a 3 night run of their own full-length show.
This season students have performed six shows to really appreciative and packed-out audiences :
- Twelfth NightShakespeare but updated and set in a nightclub where a brother and sister have lost one another. Mistaken identity gets in the way of love, unrequited love vows revenge and the audience has to try and keep up with who’s who and who loves who!
- War of the WorldsJust before WW2, Orsen Welles broadcasts an adaptation of H. G. Wells’ fantasy ‘War of the Worlds’ and stirs terror though the U.S. The media turned into a weapon. Will America learn their lesson?
- Blood BrothersThe captivating tale of twins separated at birth only to be reunited by a twist of fate and a mother’s haunting secret.
- Tracks of the FreeThe world in a few words: Guilt. Duty. Needs. Must. Lifetime. Labour. Targets. Targets. We follow the story of one boy’s spiritual journey for freedom.
- Canterbury TalesSet at the Tabbard Inn, four of Geoffrey Chaucer’s tales are re-told in order to awake him from a comatose state.
- Pure ImaginationThe children of Musical Theatre, a medley of numbers from ‘The Lion King’, ‘Matilda’, ‘Annie’, ‘Oliver’, ‘Billy Elliot’, and ‘The Sound of Music’.
Next year already looks set to knock your socks off by transporting you to different countries, questioning your judgement, making you laugh, sometimes making you cry, but as always, entertaining you every step of the way.