A Breath-Taking Year 9 Production

Like all theatres in the country, Clayesmore’s Peter Burke Memorial Theatre has sadly been ‘dark’ since December. Luckily though, this is no longer the case!

[Lucas M, Lucy L, Jess E, Tom C, Grace N – The tree-top protesters.)

Last week thirty three Year 9 pupils staged a production of Sarah Daniel’s 1999 play ‘Taking Breath’. The play centred around Elliot, a present-day environmental campaigner, who falls from a tree during a protest. Whilst in a coma his subconscious mind has him meet Lucy, a young Suffragette from 1913, who also fell from the same tree in her own time period. The two activists unwittingly save each other’s lives. Ultimately the play is about the importance of fighting for something greater than ourselves.

[Lucas M, Lucy L, Jess E, Tom C, Grace N – The tree-top protesters.)

Last week thirty three Year 9 pupils staged a production of Sarah Daniel’s 1999 play ‘Taking Breath’. The play centred around Elliot, a present-day environmental campaigner, who falls from a tree during a protest. Whilst in a coma his subconscious mind has him meet Lucy, a young Suffragette from 1913, who also fell from the same tree in her own time period. The two activists unwittingly save each other’s lives. Ultimately the play is about the importance of fighting for something greater than ourselves.

[Grace N, Lucy L, George M, Lucas M, Tom C in the hospital]

Although it was still not possible to have an audience in the theatre itself, the Drama Department once again streamed the performance live on YouTube meaning that students, staff and parents could all watch the play live from the comfort of their homes and House common rooms. The entirely student-run camera team operated four cameras cutting between shots seamlessly – giving the whole production a very slick and professional feel. 

[The stage-management team, headed by Stage Manager Isabella W.]

[The camera team headed by Archie B, cutting between shots live]

On stage, the actors delivered some really nuanced and poignant performances, demonstrating a maturity in the way they approached the material. The crew, from the costume and make-up teams to the lighting, sound, front of house and publicity teams all played their parts – making this a breath-taking production.

[Cookie W. playing the role of Lucy, the suffragette]

The Drama Department are now starting work straightaway on the Year 10 production ‘The Blue Electric Wind’, due to be performed on the 23, 24 & 25 June. 

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