A group of 15 Fourth Form students took the touring play The Silver Sword to six local prep schools: Lancing Prep Hove, Lancing Prep Worthing, The Prebendal, Windlesham House, Great Ballard and St Ronan’s.
Performing over two weeks in the Summer Term, all pupils worked tirelessly, displaying passion and dedication at every performance and impressing the younger audiences at the schools. The feedback received from the preps’ Drama departments has been very positive:
‘Your pupils did themselves, the teachers and your school proud. Our children enjoyed it − it is good for them to see people not hugely older than them producing a ‘proper’ play.’
James Green, Deputy Head (Academic), St Ronan’s School
Nicholas Beeby, Director of Drama and Dance, said: ‘This was such an exciting project! We started rehearsals for Ian Serraillier’s exciting story of survival against the odds in January and by the time we got to June, we knew we had a high-quality performance to take on tour to local prep schools. We put the set, the costumes and the huge pile of props into the back of a lorry and set off on our own odyssey mirroring
the children’s journey from war-torn Warsaw to Lake Constance in Switzerland. We set up in whatever space had been allocated to us ready to perform for whichever pupils came along. The experience for our students was amazing: working on a project over a long period of time, ensuring excellence and then having to cope with whatever situation we found when we turned up at the venue. It will stay with them for the
rest of their lives and the group has become so tightly-knit.’
Jessica E spoke about her experience as part of the cast: 'The whole experience of a touring play was new and very exciting. The "company" was made by our GCSE Drama class; we had already been studying together for a year, but after these couple of weeks I feel we have become even closer − nearly as a family! The challenges in adapting constantly to new environments and working together to do well definitely brought us even closer. I have never been part of a touring company before, but after this experience I would certainly want to do it again!'