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Drama production dazzles


Audiences at this year’s drama production were transported from Stockport to Narnia during three amazing performances of ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’.

Thanks to excellent acting, staging and production work, the spectators immersed themselves in the most mystical of adventures as they joined Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter as they waved goodbye to wartime Britain and said hello to a talking Faun, an unforgettable Lion and the coldest, cruellest White Witch.

The production, which took place in the Main Hall, was a culmination of six weeks of intensive work and was a real team effort from everyone involved. The pupils who were in the cast and Production team worked tirelessly to perfect the show and they were brilliantly supported by the Directors and the staff who helped with artwork, costumes, front of house and backstage.

Head of Drama Mr Matt King-Sayce said: “It was a real pleasure to engage so many pupils, both onstage and backstage in our first live production in almost two years. The three performances of ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ were incredibly well-received by over 700 people.

“The camaraderie and support they offered each other led them to stage a performance they should be incredibly proud of.”

Fourth Year Ben Smethurst, who played Peter, said: “The show was really enjoyable and there was a great community ethos amongst the cast and crew. Being involved in the production is a great way to make friends and to find passions you never knew you had.”

Third Year Hannah Johnson commented: “The shows are always fun to be a part of from start to finish. It was great to see it all come together, where people from different year groups can all work together.”

Fellow Third Year Abigail Sullivan said: “It was a fantastic experience and one of the best opportunities in Senior School,” and First Year Sienna Ward added: “The experience was amazing and the atmosphere was buzzing – I’d definitely do another show.”

First Year Charlotte Sullivan remarked: “It was a great opportunity to get to know other people that like drama too,” and Fifth Year Grace Ensor-Adams observed: “It was amazing to meet people in different year groups and develop drama skills. I am excited to get involved in future productions.”

Showing the value of taking part in such shows, Fifth Year Matthew Darbyshire concluded: “I had great fun and learned a lot. I met loads of new people and is has really improved my confidence.”

Download the programme (pdf)