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French Language Play for Year 8

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Pupils in Year 8 watched a play in French to help to improve their language skills. Touring theatre company Onatti performed Les Garçons – ‘Boys’ – in the Girls’ Division Theatre to an engrossed and enthusiastic audience.

The play is about Natalie, a babysitter looking after two-year-old Bruno for M. and Mme Dulin while they attend a fancy dress party. However, her quiet evening is interrupted by the arrival of her ex-boyfriend Tristan, who tries to convince her that they should get back together. Reluctantly, she agrees to let him help to babysit.

Tristan’s hapless antics while trying to look after Bruno led to a great deal of amusement for Natalie and the audience alike. However, when Natalie found a text from another girl on Tristan’s phone, the play turned dramatic, with both Tristan and Natalie recruiting members of the audience to pass increasingly angry messages to one another from opposite sides of the theatre!

M. Fico, Head of French in the Girls’ Division, said, “We were delighted to welcome back Onatti’s theatre company. The play was yet again a huge success. The girls really enjoyed it and were pleasantly surprised at how much they could understand. The actors commended their participation and were particularly impressed by the level of the girls who were selected to help out. We already look forward to next year’s play.”

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Natalie and Tristan babysit together in the play

Natalie and Tristan babysit together in the play

Tristan recruiting help from a member of the audience

Tristan recruiting help from a member of the audience

Pupils did a great job of remembering the French phrases that the characters asked them to pass on

Pupils did a great job of remembering the French phrases that the characters asked them to pass on