House drama took place last Friday as 60-odd pupils took to the stage doing everything from comedy to tragedy. All pieces were student led and directed- and often adapted by students as well – a convention which Chavasse took to the next level this year as even their costumes were hand made by the student body!
The competition was judged by OW Barney White (2010) who has since leaving appeared in TV series like The Musketeers, Taboo and Holby City and films including Una and Social Suicide.
The quality this year was again very high and the afternoon got off to a bang with Wilkinson’s version of Three by Harriet Braun, adapted by Rachael Rajah (U6th), which featured some nuanced acting from all involved. This was followed by Leicester’s comedic performance of Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Copper Beeches (Conan Doyle) which showcased some fantastic actors and skilful direction (despite the gun that wouldn’t go off). Callender was on next doing The Dinner Party from the IT Crowd, which, besides some brilliant acting and direction, featured a very convincing Irish accent! Chavasse, with their incredible costumes, took to the stage next performing Batman and Robin (William Dozier) in a hilarious adaptation by Stanley Righton (U6th). Walker changed the tone by performing the tragic drama A long day’s journey into night by Eugene O’Neill, adapted by Wynn Tasker (U6th) which was played with remarkable sensitivity and subtlety given the challenging piece. Finishing the afternoon was Maltby’s fantastic rendition of The Play That Goes Wrong by Shields, Lewis and Sayer, adapted by Alex Ansdell (U6th), and placed in the final slot due to the inordinate mess they created with fake snow, drinks and, most disgustingly, a lot of spit!
Overall, the acting and direction from all houses was outstanding and all involved should be exceptionally proud - particularly those many students for whom this was their acting or directorial debut.
The overall winner was Chavasse with second place going to Maltby and Third to Walker, so congratulation to those houses and to all those who competed, it was a fantastic afternoon.