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‘The Boy at the Back of the Class,’ by Onjali Rauf has become a Year 5 and 6 favourite in our English lessons, telling the difficult story of a war-torn Syrian refugee child. This heart-warming tale has now been adapted to stage for the first time and its world-premiere tour has reached the Midlands and on Wednesday 20 March, Year 5 and 6 enjoyed a lovely walk to Malvern Theatre to watch it.

Just a few weeks ago, the girls had the opportunity to meet the author in person and the magic was topped off when they got to witness such an incredible book brought to life, on the stage, right on their doorstep!

Told from a child’s perspective, balancing heart and humour, ‘The Boy at the Back of the Classhighlights the power of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn’t always make sense and reminds us that everyone needs a place to call home.

The show was incredible! From start to finish the girls were completely captivated and their smiles throughout were just priceless. Ice creams during the interval gave them an opportunity to chat with their friends about the first half and all mentioned how true the show was to the book. Sensational staging, super music and a fine group of actors made for a truly magical afternoon. The girls were impeccably behaved as usual and represented MSJ beautifully throughout.

Written by Mrs Sarah Townsend

Some quotes from the girls…

"I enjoyed the use of the stage. It was so heartwarming to see my favourite book on stage." Alivia, Year 5.

"The show was fantastic! It was funny and sad all at the same time." Elin, Year 5.

"The actors were great and it was full of different emotions which made it fun to watch." Avabella, Year 5.

"The Boy at the Back of the Class was so fun! I loved it so much! My favourite character was Alexa. She looked so kind. I am so sad it is over, and I loved the ice cream!" Minnie, Year 5.

"I thought it was inspirational as it told us all about refugees and asked in a delicate way how we can help them. I will help more now!" Rosalie, Year 6.

"I loved this show so much! It was very emotional and funny. My favourite part was when the Queen started talking," Orla, Year 6.

"I loved it! Best show EVER!" Alice, Year 5.

"I really enjoyed it and it was extremely funny and entertaining." Maarya, Year 6.