Drama students visit Oxford Playhouse
What an outstanding piece of theatre! The Year 10 - 13 Drama students travelled to the Oxford Playhouse to see the acclaimed theatre company, Frantic Assembly, performing Andrew Bovell’s Things I Know To Be True (created in conjunction with the State South Australian Theatre Company), starring Imogen Stubbs and Ewan Stewart. What a treat it turned out to be.
The story of a family, whose children are now ‘grown up’, the play explores the strength of their relationships, as the children make their massive life choices. Where do the choices leave the parents, how do they react, what are the expectations of the whole family, how can the four siblings define themselves beyond their parents love? The worry beforehand was that the play might be corny – but nothing could be further from the truth. The amazing theatrical style of ‘Frantic’, with movement and physical theatre skills bringing a fourth dimension to the performance, as the actors swooshed and floated through the air, with seeming effortless weightlessness. The poetic language was delivered faultlessly; the staging, as tables and chairs glided onto the stage as if by magic, and the stunning lighting, with over 130 lights creating the middle of the day and a starry night, were all inspirational.
And, as the play drew to an end, never have I heard an audience react in such a uniform way, with the emotion of the scenes bringing us all together, to lead everyone to the conclusion that this was a five star play, and a five star production! Thank you Frantic Assembly!
Words by Mrs J Fisher
Head of Expressive Arts and Drama