An Inspector Calls at Prefects' Panto
Tuesday, 15 December 2015
The annual Prefects’ Panto is an indispensable part of Christmas in the Girls’ Division, with the Prefects caricaturing key members of staff to solve a dramatic situation faced by the School. It’s a great opportunity for the Prefects to parody various aspects of School life, which the younger pupils always enjoy!
Girls from Year 7 to Year 13 were full of excitement and anticipation as they queued up to enter the Theatre and watch this year’s take on the tradition.
The problem this year was an upcoming inspection. As the performance unfolded, Headmistress Sue Hincks – played by Head Girl Sarah Ibberson in a bright red wig – asked the departments to come up with their own ways of impressing him. The reward for the best department: their budget doubled and a reprieve from lunch duty!
To the delight of the audience, the drama then moved through each of the departments with the Prefects impersonating their teachers and sending up the stereotypes of each subject. With accents, wigs, borrowed props, and giant ID cards to help the audience to recognise the members of staff, the theatre was filled with laughter as they heard the departments’ plans – from a new song composed by the Music staff, to the Geography department employing the Year 7s to colour in their displays, and even the History teachers plotting to bring back their former leader, the recently retired Mrs Head! There was also a cameo from the dinner ladies, for which the Prefects had written a very fitting song based on ‘catchphrases’ often heard in the dining room.
As well as providing some great festive entertainment, the Prefects’ Panto raised money for The PSP Association though an entry collection. Progressive Supranuclear Palsy or PSP is a chronic Parkinson’s-like neurological condition which affects balance, movement, vision, speech and swallowing.