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Bringing war drama to stage

Lydia Chin and Olivia Fearn n Hipperholme Grammar School's senior school production 'Return to 1914'

Lydia Chin and Olivia Fearn n Hipperholme Grammar School's senior school production 'Return to 1914'

More than 70 Hipperholme Grammar School students performed in the school’s annual production earlier this week.

The cabaret style production of “Return to 1914” featured scenes which took the audience back 100 years, linked together by narrator Chloe Stedmans.

Year 11 drama students performed their final examination piece with extracts from Peter Whelan’s “Accrington Pals”.

The school’s drama group set two war poems to the stage while Year nine brought the audience to the Home Front with “Archie Dobson’s War”.

Year ten performed their own scenes based on the 1963 musical “Oh! What a lovely war”.

Year 10 GCSE performing arts students designed the staging, which included an atmospheric trench that audience members had to negotiate before entering the school hall.

But it was not all about the war. Year eight students performed “Sherlock Holmes and the Fair Lady”.

And Lucy Skirrow played and sang her own composition to accompany a contemporary dance by Chloe Stedmans, Georgia Pegg, Neala Farr and Ronni Farr.

 

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