Tuesday 3rd June 2008 by C. Freeman
Seven students staged a drama production at Brooke Weston as part of their A-level coursework. A select audience of parents, teachers and an exam moderator watched the performance of Bed by Jim Cartwright.
The play, which lasted for 45 minutes, dealt with issues of age, sleep and loss and students William Allen, Stephen Thorpe, Nichole Flynn, Katherine Henderson, Amanda Templeton-King and Sian Lambert took their places on the stage while Lisa Rustage provided lighting and prompts.
Students rehearsed their spirited performance for months and had previously taken part in a workshop with actor, Peter Holdway who gave them tips on portraying age accurately and sensitively.
The play was first produced at the National Theatre in 1989 and was described then by critics as 'an odd, harrowing and hilarious piece, entirely without sentimentality, sturdy but moving.'
Teachers Mrs Brown and Ms Nicholson directed the play and technical support was given by Mr Jackson. Mrs Brown said: 'Jim Cartwright is an acclaimed playwright and his texts are often set pieces for A-level drama courses because of their powerful and often invented language. He is a writer who explores gritty and difficult themes. The students engaged well with the text and worked hard to portray both its comic elements and poignant moments.'