A new initiative was launched by the Drama Department this term, the Lancing Repertory: four performances in one week with four different casts and four directors. The four plays were diverse, variously funny and heart-breaking: from the witty repartee of Visitors from London and the slapstick of Visitors from Chicago in California Suite, to the horror unfolding in The Laramie Project; and from the searing tragedy of Into the Dark to the louche insouciance of The Great Gatsby, there is something here for everyone.
The initiative is testimony of the variety of Drama offered at Lancing, and a further opportunity for the students to acquire skills for life beyond the College, into university and the workplace, such as managing teams of people, managing the creative process, and bringing a project to life from inception to fruition.
Nicholas Beeby, Director of Drama and Dance
The Laramie Project: directed by Jossie P (Upper Sixth Form)
‘I have enjoyed working with the cast and watching the play come to life. It was a great experience to direct something out of my comfort zone and see the progression of performers from the beginning through the end of the rehearsal processes.’
Into the Dark: written and directed by William P and Ross B (Fifth Form)
‘The play is about people and the emotions connecting us. We wanted to examine family and relationships, and how these react to tragedy. Working on it has been at time a difficult journey, but right from the start the cast has been helpful, hardworking and a delight to be around, and we really want to thank them for their effort’.
California Suite: directed by Polly M Lower Sixth Form)
‘Directing has been challenging yet a really fun experience for me. I have loved this opportunity from the start and it has been especially brilliant to be able to work with such a fantastic cast. I hope the audience enjoyed watching the play as much as I enjoyed creating it!’
The Great Gatsby: directed by Serena B R (Upper Sixth Form)
I set myself the difficult task of producing this play as part of my EPQ, and I have learnt so much from this experience. The biggest joy has been to see one of my favourite novels come to life on stage. Whilst the process has been challenging, I am so grateful to my cast for their hard work and patience.’