- Sixth Form
On Thursday 17th June the L6 playwrights, Diya Sengupta and Amy Brian presented their first play ‘Of Silent Words’ to their peers in the Jane Ross Theatre. This was a rare opportunity for students to stage a play in our lovely theatre and we were so impressed not only by the girls’ writing, but by the way they had directed a cast of their peers to tell an important story about the survival of children during a siege. The event was preceded by a Q&A with the directors led by Ms Bedford and Diya and Amy spoke about their journey from initial playwrighting workshops run by professional playwrights back in the Spring of 2020; to being mentored by one of the playwrights – theirs was Rachel Harper who wrote ‘Wellington 24’; to the 15 minute showcase in September 2020 and finally the full-length production. And what a fantastic performance they gave! The L6 cast worked magnificently together on stage to do Amy and Diya proud. The crew led by Amara also did a very professional job backstage. After the show the cast and crew enjoyed a scrummy picnic-style lunch with the Drama Department, Mr Tompsett and Mrs Poyner to celebrate our first …the girl writes project. It really was a euphoric way to end our terrific Drama programme this year (which I think I would like to name ‘Against All Odds!’). I am so proud of everyone involved, especially our Technical Theatre team, Mr Spry and Miss Darwood, who turned around two productions in a week (again!).
By Ms Bedford - Director of Drama
Photography by Simon Whitehead Photography
- LEH Drama