The Wardrobe - Spring 2014
St Swithun’s drama department took part in the National Theatre Connections festival of new writing for young people, culminating in the performances of their chosen play at school last weekend.
The girls chose and performed a play called The Wardrobe written especially for the festival by Old Girl Sam Holcroft (2001) which they were thrilled to be able to perform in front of Sam and the St Swithun’s audience at Harvey Hall on 15 and 16 March.
Sam is currently the writer-in-residence at the National Theatre Studio. Sam really enjoyed watching her writing come alive on stage for the first time and loved the fact that the school had designed and built a ‘real wardrobe’ for the occasion.
The cast performed The Wardrobe once again at Salisbury Playhouse on 9 May.
The cast of the wardrobe (seen in the picture above with Sam Holcroft in the centre ) are:
Mia Bickford M5
Ana Truesdale M5
Valeriia Gladkova L6
Olivia Newman M5
Georgia Onslow M5
Maggie Chen U5
Isabella Arquier L6
Mhairi Brannigan U5
Astrid Godfrey M5
Bridget Burkill M5
Chloe Evans U5
Caitlyn Bowyer M5
Macbeth performed as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival - October 2013
A group of L5 took to the stage at Winchester’s Theatre Royal in October 2013 as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival. The festival is a non-competitive celebration of Shakespeare’s work and four schools per night each perform a 30 minute adaptation of their chosen play in a local theatre. Ten L5 girls began rehearsing in April, and after months of hard work were finally able to show off their version of Macbeth. The performance highlighted excellent acting talents from all, some gripping fight scenes and some especially creepy moments courtesy of the three witches.
Festival Manager Lydia Newson said 'Your cast put on a brilliant performance. It was spare, pacey and dramatic. I was so impressed by the girls' confident and mature grasp of the language and by the way they filled those big, male, soldier roles. There were so many powerful moments: I particularly enjoyed the way in which you staged Banquo's ghost which was so simple and clear, I loved how the witches rose from the earth at the beginning and maintained that earthy quality through the rest of the place. You ended your production with a real punch - the final battle was really exciting with choreography, music and lighting all used to brilliant effect'.