Winners of Bancroft Competition direct their plays

At Lancing the Drama Department always welcomes and encourages involvement from all pupils, not just from those aspiring to be performing on stage, but also from those interested in the 'behind the scenes', as well as writing and directing. The Bancroft competition, set up in 1999 in memory of former teacher Donald Bancroft, is yet another example where our students are given the opportunity to showcase their talent in different areas of the performing arts.

This year's requirement to enter the competition was to write a light-hearted or amusing piece. Congratulations to the winner, Upper Sixth Former Pippy H, who wrote a funny and clever version of Macbeth à la Reduced Shakespeare Company. The runner-up was Nicole B P for her witty and sharp piece about a blind date in a restaurant. Both students were involved in the writing as well as the casting and directing the plays.

The two plays were performed at the end of January in front of a packed audience, including Donald Bancroft's daughter Ros Rees and grandson Alex Rees.

Pippy said: 'It was a really fun experience. I really enjoyed directing my own version of Macbeth, and the actors were all amazing.'

Nicole wrote: 'My play Jinx Padlock is a modern day Tinder catastrophe. I launched into rehearsals having no real experience of directing, and only a vague vision of what I hoped the end result would be. My cast developed their own relationships to the piece and an incredible stage chemistry'.