Perse Year 11 production tackles contemporary themes
10 Oct 2019
A range of thought-provoking issues were explored in the Perse Year 11 production Plays You Won’t Have Heard Of.
The eight-strong cast performed five short modern plays over two nights in the Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre, with each based around different themes, including grief, war, class, relationships and sexuality.
Perse English & drama graduate assistant Kathryn Salmond, who directed the production, felt the performance of a number of short pieces had worked well.
She said: “There were a lot of different areas they had to research and they really got stuck into it. We thought about the pupils who had auditioned and they were really strong performers. We wanted to showcase their talents in pieces we knew they would shine in.
“It was really nice to have these pieces where it’s maybe just two actors on stage because they really got a lot out of rehearsals. We could intensely focus on their particular parts and how to develop their acting skills through those roles.
“It’s been good for them solidifying relationships and making new friendships. Some of them haven’t been in plays for a long time at school so it was nice for them to do something like this before their exams kick in.”
Notably, the cast was surrounded on the stage by the audience to add an extra intimacy to the production.
Miss Salmond said: “We were going to do it in the Gallery Studio, but the lights were already in the PAC and the technical manager, Pete Kingsman, suggested having the audience on stage in there, so we could still have that kind of intimacy. We had a lot of nice feedback about the performances.”