Spectacular Drama in the Shed
5th November 2015
This afternoon, the Drama Award holders presented a variety of monologues and duologues in The Shed. It was reassuring to hear in Ardan Devine’s introduction that those who participate in, or watch drama, are scientifically proven to be more intelligent, amusing and better looking individuals than those who don’t!
Hayden Camidge (Third Form, Vanbrugh) began proceedings with an extract from Dialogues for the Dead in which he played a character reflecting upon his attempts to murder an elderly gentleman for his inheritance, but after a putting poison in his drink, ended up dead himself. Ella Mattinson (Third Form, Harcourt) played Annie from Miracle Worker who recollects distressing tales of her time as a child in an asylum. Fredi Traish (Fourth Form, Swift) portrayed a very nervous young man meeting his date in a comic adaptation from Flowers from Philip.
George Kinniburgh (Third Form, Harcourt) and James Shaw (Third Form, Harcourt) presented an extract from Lord of the Flies, in which two young boys try to hold their nerve as they discuss ‘the beast’ by the light of the fire. Mae Topley (Second Form, Harcourt) played a girl discussing her feelings regarding her father’s job as a police officer from Death of Salesman, while Frankie Brown (Third Form, Vanbrugh) brought a lighter note with her fantastic comic portrayal of Nicola from I am Nicola as I Say. Ella Dalton (Third Form, Swift) played the cold, steely Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty and this was followed by Tom Klenerman (Third Form, Vanbrugh) whose nuanced performance from The Day My Father Died explored the mixed emotions of an abused boy dealing with grief.
Harvey Bell (Second Form, Vanbrugh) and Jack Harding (Second Form, Feilden) offered an energetic performance of two witches from Macbeth, and Grace Ettinger (Second Form, Harcourt) showed a strong portrayal of a young woman waiting to see her therapist in The Waiting Room. Sophie Wheeler (Fourth Form, Swift) and Anna Wallace (Fourth Form, Swift) played two girls from very different backgrounds who begin to realise that they are worlds apart, in an extract from An Old-Fashioned Girl. Ardan Devine (Lower Sixth, Queen Anne) completed the line-up with a proficient interpretation of A View from the Bridge in which he played a lawyer considering justice and injustice in his neighbourhood and beyond.
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