Westonbirt Sixth Form Drama students presented a gala performance of their final devised piece for A Level Theatre Studies, The beauty of Courage this month. Among the audience was acclaimed British actor Andrew Lincoln, who said of the performance;
“It was a brilliant play written by the actors themselves that combined poetry, movement and music to create their own response to the Ariel Castro kidnappings. For such an emotive and uncomfortable subject matter they handled it with enormous care, and as a result gave their own unique and powerful performances. I was very inspired by these talented young actors and look forward to working with, or for them in the near future.”
The mature and moving piece of theatre was influenced by the harrowing, true events which occurred in Ariel Castro’s house in Cleveland, Ohio. Castro abducted and kept captive three girls, which he continuously abused and tortured. Adapting Beauty and the Beast, the play illustrated through “Belle” the mental and physical regression caused by abuse over a 10-year time frame.
Head of Drama Andrew English said:
“I am immensely proud of the students who wrote this outstanding piece of theatre and raised over £450 for The Nelsons Trust during their Gala show.”
The Sixth Form drama students were passionate about using the performance to raise funds for the Stroud-based charity who have developed a specialist residential service for women who have experienced trauma or abuse. Through the Nelson Trust, women can undertake a residential programme in a safe, supportive and trauma-informed setting with an all-female staff team.
The next Westonbirt Drama showcase is a whole school production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe on 5 -7 July, tickets available for public sale on www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-lion-the-witch-and-the-wardrobe-tickets-34101570716