While some schools might choose more traditional school plays such as ‘Annie’ or ‘Oliver’, Richmond school is putting on an entirely original school play, thanks to the efforts of creative teachers.
The new show, ‘Medieval Madness 2’ is a mockumentary about life in medieval times featuring Baldrick the village idiot.
Grant Irvine, who wrote and directed the play along with the help of several others, says that the aim is to educate and entertain at the same time, with an impressive 10-metre-wide castle being built as the main prop.
Students have been hard at work on the play since the start of the term, rehearsing twice weekly at the start and moving into daily rehearsals in recent weeks.
Grant says that the original idea came from a class study about medieval times.
“We decided to make learning come to life with re-enactments.”
Then, a few years ago, the school was looking for a production to put on, so the original class show was expanded to fit 180 kids in six classes.
Now, the show has been reworked, while some small parts are the same, new scenes and dances have been added.
Grant says it was ‘ideal’ to have a play tailor-made for students, rather than just performing a mainstream play and having to work around the script and already existing scenes and characters.
“I can write parts relating to the strengths and interest of the kids, and add small fun parts for teachers, like one being brought to justice by the kids for being a poacher!
It also offers the chance for kids to work collaboratively together, as the script is never set in stone.
“It changes a little each week as suggestions are made and new possibilities seen.”
It’s not just the actors that get to shine.
Pupils have been painting their own wooden shields with their own coat of arms to decorate the venue, and other kids have had the opportunity to learn other new skills beside acting and history.
“Some have learnt new skills line uni-cycling, stilt walking, juggling, and dancing.”
“It has been a real team effort by all involved,”
The performances will be at Hope Community Church on Wednesday, June 26th at 12:30 and 7:00 pm and Thursday, June 27th at 7:00 pm.
Tickets can be purchased from the Richmond School office.