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Beasts and Beauties, by Carol Ann Duffy, adapted for the stage by Melly Still and Tim Supple

The Y7&8 production this year was a collection of seven European folk tales, which was performed with gusto and invention by a talented cast of 40 pupils. Each tale was performed by a different group of pupils, with a Y7 group making a very strong start to the evening with their version of Blue Beard, with Tali playing the bride who marries the terrifying Blue Beard (Marlowe). The evening then took a comic turn with The Husband who was to mind the house, followed by a haunting version of Beauty and the Beast, with Elle adding a magical atmosphere in her narration, and Kara (Beauty) and Daniel (Beast) as the enchanted couple. Toby and the Wolf was played with a huge sense of fun by Michael (Toby) and Luca (Wolf) and an hilarious ensemble of assorted animals. After a refreshing interval drink, the cast gave a modern take on The Emperor's New Clothes, before the very accomplished and haunting The Juniper Tree, complete with puppet tree and magical birds, just some of the array of brilliant props made by Mrs Banks. The final tale of the evening was The Girl and the North Wind, told with wonderful energy and physical theatre, with Romy and the girl and Shiv as the North Wind. The whole evening displayed numerous very promising young performers who are to be congratulated on their energy, invention and wonderful storytelling skills.


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