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Richmond students raise roof of local theatre with war play
5:27pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
STUDENTS raised the roof of a Richmond theatre when they performed a play written by a local Rotarian about the impact of war.
Seven young Richmond School performers had just three weeks to rehearse with assistant head for creative arts Ian Henderson, who hand-picked his cast based on enthusiasm and dedication rather than theatre experience.
The cast performed I Have Heard and Read of Battlefields at Richmond Georgian Theatre Royal in September, and were followed by the Catterick Military WAGS Choir.
Mr Henderson said: “The text was written by Bev Joicey from Richmond Rotary Club and then we played around with it and looked at what it meant to us.
“Not all of the students are studying drama, but they all really stepped up to the challenge and the audience loved it.”
The group met soldiers from the 1st Battalion Scots Guards to hear about their personal experiences.
Mr Henderson added: “It was a piece specific to our community – looking at ordinary people faced with the extraordinary situations of war.”
Performer Maria Bastalova said: “It was definitely one of the most intense plays we have done, with rehearsal time of three weeks before the show was put on.
“The small cast of seven really helped to meet the deadline because we all got on and worked well as a team, and we had focused but fun rehearsals.”
All proceeds went to Soldier, Sailor and Airforce Families Association, military mental health charity Combat Stress and to the theatre.
The cast was made up of Ben Hunt, Bethan Teale, Billy Gaines, Hannah Muirhead, Jason Rawlings, Maria Batsalova, and Owen Landon.
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