The Year 7 Play, The Boy Who Fell Into A Book, has had an incredibly exciting few days.

The run began with an afternoon matinee performance, where three local primary schools were invited to watch an exclusive preview to the play. Performing to a filled audience of lively Year 5 pupils, this preview went down fantastically well with our younger audience, with the primary school students telling our staff “it’s the best show I’ve ever seen” and “this is the coolest school ever, I hope I can come one day!”.

Only a few hours later, it was then time for the cast to get ready for their evening performance to friends and family. Both the cast and the creative team were completely overwhelmed with the audience’s response to the play, with one pupil coming up to the director in the interval saying ‘this is the reason I love Drama as much as I do’.

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This is the reason I love Drama as much as I do.

Year 7 pupil

Our cast proved just how remarkable they are, when after finishing their show that evening, were back in school 12 hours later, performing again to the rest of their year group. It was a wonderful opportunity for the rest of Year 7 to see what the cast have been working on for all these months, and hopefully what they could potentially be getting involved with in years to come at Emanuel.

The play also enabled two Year 8 students to be involved with the technical aspects of the show. Jadyn Kane and Finn Stanley – our lighting and sound operators – were completely new to the technical side of theatre, and managed to learn the ropes within one week, before the show began.

This delightfully bonkers show has demonstrated the outstanding level of talent our Year 7s have, making the future years of Emanuel drama particularly exciting.

Huge congratulations to all involved.

Miss Caffyn (Graduate Drama Assistant)