Royal Grammar School

Newcastle

Senior House Drama

Senior House Drama

Wednesday saw a full Miller Theatre and a full evening’s entertainment as the four houses battled it out in the Senior House Drama competition. A large number of students from Year 9 upwards took part, with sixth formers both acting and directing. They were set quite a challenge for their half-day’s preparation: they had to devise and perform a three-minute impression of a Shakespeare play; perform a seven-minute extract from Willy Russell’s show Blood Brothers; devise a five-minute interpretation of a well-known proverb; and each house was required at some stage to interrupt proceedings with the “SAS task”, most of which seemed to be designed to embarrass the Headmaster!

In the second (much shorter) half, two representatives from each house took part in competitive improvised drama. The quality was high, and there were some touching as well as hilarious moments: as ever, though, perhaps the defining RGS touch were the hysterically funny one-liners which RGS students seem to come up with at a moment’s notice!

Joint winners overall were Eldon and Stowell: Jamie Sword and Imogen Brooks best male/female actor; and best improviser was Johnny Ball. A great night.