“Best Performance” at Maidenhead Drama Festival
Spotlights Theatre, our after school drama club, competed at the annual Maidenhead Drama Festival on Friday 11 May at the Norden Farm Centre for the Arts. There were two performances of the plays ‘Round the World with Class 6’ by Nick Warburton and ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ by Paul King. The festival is a competitive event, where a total of 12 plays are performed across the week. These plays are performed by adult groups, youth theatres, and colleges. Not only do the girls have to perform well, they are also given feedback from an adjudicator at the end of the night in front of the audience – some of the girls were more scared of this, than performing!
The comedy ‘Round the World with Class 6’ was performed by students in Years 7-9, and focused on a class of students who had an absent teacher, but had left them work to complete. The classroom suddenly gets turned upside down as they re-enact the circumnavigation of Sir Francis Drake in 1577. ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ is the tragic retelling of how the Jews were treated during the Second World War, and was performed by students in Years 9-12. The stylised performance showed how Jews were victimised and persecuted and how they were treated in the concentration camps. Two very different pieces, both with their own challenging tasks.
We are pleased to announce that ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ was awarded ‘Best Performance of a Short Play’ at the festival. Well done to all of the girls involved in both performances, as they have spent the last few weeks in endless rehearsals, learning the lines and all with the impending examinations in mind.