Audiences at the 2014 House Drama Festival were treated to assortment of plays, both comic and serious, as abundant performers took to the stage.
The girls’ Houses were particularly ambitious scenically with painted cardboard backdrops – and painted faces. They also had in common a laudable desire to put a large number of performers on the stage, chiefly in versions of fairy tales or children’s stories. The boys’ Houses had a wider range of material offering: two adaptations of classic novels ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘Of Mice and Men’, John Godber’s physical comedies of working class life, ‘Bouncers’ and ‘Shakers’ and a reduced, but certainly physically committed, version of Alan Bennett’s ‘The History Boys’ staged in a way that the author probably did not envisage when he wrote it!
Head of Drama, Mr Damon Kerr, said “All the Directors deserve credit for bringing their chosen pieces from page to stage; no small accomplishment in a school that is so busy. Similarly, all the performers are to be congratulated on their work. However, the nature of the event is such that there are prizes for some and not for all. These were decided by our adjudicator, the Head of Drama at St John’s Leatherhead, Mr Mark Probert. In a witty and lucid summing up, he gave every House both directed praise and something to consider for next time, but his eventual decisions were as follows:
- An award for Best Handling of a Large Ensemble to Howe for their staging of ‘The Wizard of Oz’
- Best Use of Technical Elements to Hood and their lighting, scenery, costume and make up for ‘Alice in Wonderland’
- Best Actress to Emily Davidson-Brett who played the Queen of Hearts in ‘Alice in Wonderland’
- Best Actor to Oli Sellers, as the pig, Napoleon, in Collingwood’s staging of ‘Animal Farm’
- And Best Play to Collingwood, for a well constructed, fluid, efficient and assured production of ‘Animal Farm’
Congratulation to all of those involved for the hard work and effort put in to pull off such fantastic, high quality performances”.