Year 12 student Megan Cornhill performed in a dance show to accompany the recent firework show at Boughton House where she and others re-enacted the Gunpowder Plot. The 30-minute show featured music and images projected onto the walls of the historic house while the audience watched from the courtyard. The show ended with a spectacular firework display. It is the third year that theatre company Metro Boulot Dodo have staged the sell-out event that attracts crowds of thousands.
Megan first heard of the project during a dance workshop with members of MBD at Brooke Weston. She went along to three audition days and then had a week of intensive rehearsals to prepare for the live shows which took place over three consecutive nights.
She said: ‘The rehearsals at the Core were good because there were people from lots of different backgrounds. We did quite a lot of spontaneous movement, interactions and lift work. The rehearsals were an experience but the performance was the climax of all that hard work and preparation. I played a monk, a guard and the wife of one of the plotters and we had props like flags and daggers which brought a whole new element to the performance. I was the only one from Brooke Weston to take part, and also the youngest, but the rehearsal process was really friendly and I learned a lot. It really helped with my techniques and confidence as a dancer.’