On 1st February, against the snow's best attempts, our GCSE and A Level students performed their Scripted Plays for their examined performances.
Our GCSE group took on six different extracts from Richard Bean's One Man Two Guvnors. The play is a modern take on the classic Commedia Dell'arte play, Servant of Two Masters, set in the 1960s, and follows the utterly hopeless Francis Henshall, an ex-skiffle band member, who ends up becoming a minder for two different govnors. We see the chaos that ensues as he gets swept up in their very messy crossed paths. We see tangled relationships unravel, and larger than life characters struggling to keep up with the unfolding drama around them. With its endless innuendos and perfect execution of breaking the fourth wall, the play allowed the girls to really explore their comedic, vocal and physical skills. The audience were thoroughly entertained from start to finish.
Our UVI (Year 13) girls performed a short extract from The Pillowman, written by Martin McDonagh. Much darker than the earlier performance in the evening, The Pillowman studies the relationship between Katurion, a writer, and his brother Michal. Based in an interrogation room, the audience watches Katurion be questioned about the link between his stories and the local killings of children. Did Katurion kill them inspired by his own stories and his dark past? The audience were on the edge of their seats, and were enthralled by the plot, set and performances.
Both year groups had a wonderfully supportive audience, who were incredibly impressed by the talent on display on the evening. Well done to all of the girls for such standout performances. We now wait with anticipation for the results in August.