The Year 7 production this term was based on Philp Pullman’s Dark Materials trilogy. This was a challenging script but in collaboration with the English department the children were able to study it in class and also perform. This helped the children to understand the story and their characters and this inevitably aided their performance. Congratulations to all involved and thank you once again to the mums for costumes and puppets. The performances were fantastic and have set a new standard for the school.
Natasha Clutterbuck delivered an exciting workshop for Year 8. They looked at her paintings and she introduced them to her working processes. Working in charcoal meant they had to make fast decisions when sketching the vegetables she brought in. They also ground up mud, clay and particles of local rock to create earthy natural coloured paint as well as colour matching in chalk and watercolour. The results were stunning.
A successful evening for The Downs…..
Runner up prize went to Ella (a cat painting) but the overall winner of the competition out of 5 schools was Coco (a dog painting).
Both were there to accept their prize.
At the end of the Autumn term Year Six performed ‘Alice in Wonderland’ a modern, musical interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s classic adventure down the rabbit hole. The two performances showcased the passion and attitude of the children we have at The Downs with everybody showing dedication to their roles, large or small. The comradery shown between the children was most prevalent when some were initially nervous about their roles, threw themselves into it when support from their fellow actors inspired them. Our thanks must go to all involved in the production, especially to the Year Six mums who produced some of the best costumes and props we have seen over the years. My particular favourite – The Flamingo croquet mallets! Well done to this Year Six group who have spurred each other on and have produced more excellent nights of drama at The Downs. Now, I wonder if I can find my way back to the Mad Hatter’s for tea, those jam tarts looked fantastic!
Another wonderful Arts Week with a great combination of workshops which the children loved. Many thanks to all of the artists.