Dramaramaland takes Bracknell by Storm!

Friday 18th October 2013

“A multi-talented ensemble” were the words used by the guest speaker to describe Queen Anne’s girls’ performance at the national Schools’ Shakespeare Festival at Bracknell Arts Centre on Tuesday 15 October. Around the country, over 10,000 young people are currently participating in this festival and we were delighted to be able to perform our offering, “Twelfth Night” to a full house in a professional theatre.

Our U5 drama girls were in expert hands as their director, Mrs Galmiche, spent many years as a professional actress and worked extensively at the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The production highlighted the theme of music (the play’s famous opening lines, of course, are “If music be the food of love…”) and the girls acted, sang, played instruments and even had a boxing match. Yes, you did read that correctly – Alice “Knockout” Knott – is no lightweight when it comes to a spot of pugilism! The production was a superb blend of the performing arts, and delivered with sparkle and sheer joie de vivre.

The girls know that I do not use words like “excellent” and “outstanding” very often (maybe once every three or four years!) but it is rumoured – and it is just a rumour – that even I was heard to say that the performance was “outstanding”. But I think the girls must have misheard me!…

The girls were rewarded with a delicious handmade cake from Mrs Galmiche’s husband who is a professional, Michelin-starred chef.

For those who missed the performance on Tuesday, our U5 drama students will be performing their work again on Monday 11 November in the PAC from 7.30 – 8.00pm

Well done, girls – we are all so proud of you.

Written by Mr Rhodri Punter, Head of Drama

Please see below for a slideshow of photographs from the Festival: