A group of students from the sixth form, Yr 10 and members of staff attended a trip to the Mercury Theatre to see Hairspray performed by The Colchester Operatic Society. This group of performers provide an extremely high standard of performance at a professional theatre and participants ranged from school age up to seniors in their 70s. Thus this provided the perfect example to our students of the way people in the community can do something they love to a very high standard. Many from the group go on to do work in the profession and this shows our students the potential we can all reach. It’s our second show watching them and we are amazed by the performance.
Turn of the Screw
Our Yr 11 GCSE students went to The Mercury Theatre in Colchester to see the Victorian mystery ghost story drama The turn of The Screw. This was in order to see a professional production for their live theatrical review for their Component Three written exam. The play written from the same adaptation of The Woman in Black was the story of a Governess who revisits the memories of her past in her first position as a Governess at Bly House. This is where the ghosts of the house send her into a paranoid naive protection of the children against her belief that the ghost are out to get them. She wants to prove herself to the master who is a young handsome man that she can do her duty and please him. Unfortunately it seems to go horribly wrong. Our students made notes during the interval and the very next day wrote their reviews ready for their exam. They really enjoyed the piece and the tense nature of the play and jumpy scary moments provided intrigue and suspense they loved. Having seen Woman in Black they were ready to experience the classic Victorian ghost story with a wicked twist at the end once again. Our thanks went to Carli Norris, the actress in the lead role and the acting company at The Mercury.