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Posted by: Pupils | 31 March 2019

A Man for All Seasons

After six months of rehearsal, the long awaited three days finally came. It’s funny really, I thought I would be a lot more nervous. After all, it had been such a long journey, from the initial audition scene when I performed with Jed, to the Thursday and Friday after school rehearsals after exhausting ourselves playing hockey in PE, and finally the morning-long final run through we had on the day of the first performance.

I felt a real sense of community when we practised, especially during the all-day rehearsals. There was so much going on. You had Mr Farrington directing the actors onstage, Miss Sebuyange and Mrs Whiting backstage, timing the scene changes to be under a minute. Then there was Mrs Lawrence, re-felting the flats to be midnight black so you couldn’t see Ethan preparing the props, while in the music room Sam and David were playing chess to kill the time and I was pacing up and down frantically trying to remember my lines while Zak was ensuring I learnt it all word for word.

Every so often I would take a look up from my copy of the play and look around, maybe walk around, then enter the hall to see what scene they were rehearsing and listen to Miss Seb whisper into the radio to call the actors for the next scene. It’s in those moments you realise the importance of everything we do. Nothing is redundant.

We all have a part to play and if even one of those pieces comes loose, the whole production come to a halt. We are needed, and we need others. This is why I felt that during the prayer time before the first performance, I felt compelled to read out from a local church newsletter that had arrived in my post that morning. It quoted the very famous Bible passage in 1 Corinthians 12, that we are all one body and we all have a function, echoing my earlier thoughts. It also stated the importance of our everyday work, and when done diligently, can be an act of worship.

This play, our shared, collaborative effort, was our act of worship, six months in the making. I think that was the mindset from the beginning, but I when I got onstage, I knew it. The bright lights blinded me from seeing the audience and all I saw was Mr Farrington’s face, faintly shadowed. It was just like the rehearsals, I was acting just for him. Over the three nights I became more confident and as we took our final bow on Friday, there was a tangible sense of not only completion and relief, but also the presence of God, who had been with us from September and was there with us that night.

I really enjoyed every moment of the play, an experience that was infinitely sweetened because I did it surrounded by friends.

Jeremy