It has to be said, this performance was nothing short of outstanding.
To expect a full, four form year group of eight year olds to produce a play involving puppetry, ensemble and physical theatre is quite a big ask, but we knew they could handle it and the Upper Firsts did not disappoint. After watching Knee High’s production at The Little Angel, I was delighted to be granted some ‘tweaking’ rights in order to fit this terrific script to our equally terrific cast. From the moment of the first read through, we knew it would be a success. Funny, poignant and tragic in equal measure, this beautifully poetic story highlights the flaws in human nature and begs we ask the questions surrounding exploitative behaviour, greed and corruption. We were incredibly fortunate to have Elliot Squire return to design and construct, which was operated wonderfully by Max and Charlie throughout the show. The feedback received was most encouraging, and served as a great reminder of the power of theatre in school and the exceptional opportunities and resources we have in order to create some truly outstanding theatre. A huge thank you is due to Mr Duke (Set, Lighting and Sound) and Miss Bower (Directing, Shadow Puppetry, Costume and Stage Management), for their amazing efforts, and to the entire Upper First Year for their sensational performance. It was a triumph!
At the end of the evening we held a collection for the work of KneeHigh – the company behind the original production. They kindly waived their license fee, in the hope that we could take donations for the outreach arm – Rambles. Thanks to your generosity, we have raised £370 to support their work. Amazing!
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