Girls Tell 'Grimm Tales'
Monday, 27 June 2016
Grimm Tales was this year’s Middle School Production. Performed by pupils in Years 7 to 9, this version of the Grimm brothers’ classic fairy tales was adapted by Carol Ann Duffy and dramatized by Tim Supple for the Young Vic.
The ensemble of stories told includes familiar tales such as ‘The Golden Goose’, ‘Little Red Cap’ and ‘Snow White’, in addition to less well-known stories like ‘The Musicians of Bremen’ and ‘The Magic Table, The Golden Donkey and The Cudgel in the Sack’.
All of these and more were told with plenty of humour throughout both acts. One of the highlights came in ‘The Golden Goose’ when Dummling had the Goose and a trail of stuck followers running up and down the aisles of the theatre to the Benny Hill theme!
Pupils did an excellent job of bringing to life all kinds of characters on the stage, human and animal alike. The animals in particular were personified wonderfully, with many girls managing to add the creature’s distinctive tone their delivery, from a goat’s bleat to a rooster’s crow! The animal costumes were minimalistic but evocative, capturing the key features with long ears, a cap with a beak, or a coat of spines or feathers.
Human characters were portrayed in fairytale style, but nonetheless Snow White and Little Red Cap’s trust of the disguised Queen and the Wolf in their respective tales were performed to great dramatic effect.
Audiences thoroughly enjoyed watching Grimm Tales during its three-night run in the Girls’ Division Theatre. The cast did an excellent job of melding drama and humour in these classic fairytales, and had a lot of fun rehearsing and performing.
The Middle School Production was directed by Mrs Worthington and produced by Mrs Thornborough, with lots of help from members of staff and the Sixth Form with set design, costume, staging, make-up, and all of the other details that go into making a show a success. Interval refreshments were provided by the Girls’ Division Parents’ Association, and the money raised in addition to that donated in the retiring collection will be donated to LivLife. This charity provides free and relevant education and vocational opportunities to poor communities in Tanzania, offering education as the key to developing capabilities, building confidence, and increasing the chances for individuals and communities to grow themselves out of poverty.