The witching hour

Burgess Hill School stage Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ to mark end of the academic year

Burgess Hill School for Girls recently staged ‘The Witches’ at the end of the summer term, performed by a cast of 32 girls in years seven to nine and supported by a crew of pupils in production roles such as stage management, sound, lighting, front of house and make up.

David Wood’s adaptation, directed by Emma Cassim (Head of Drama), included music, physical theatre, puppetry, choral speaking, slapstick and many other traditions.

The cast and crew were joined by the Olivier Award-winning playwright David Wood OBE for the matinee performance, as well as pupils from local primary schools. Wood gave a talk and took questions from the cast, crew and audience. He also signed scripts and gave students acting advice.

David Wood OBE

Bethan, Lily-Mae and Catherine, in year five at Southway Primary School, said: “The performance was outstanding, the actors were amazing actors and the props were phenomenal! We liked how the crew turned off the lights and put on creepy music, so that we didn’t see or hear them move around between scenes. It was a lovely afternoon and we give a big thanks to Burgess Hill School for Girls for inviting us.”

The grand high witch

Mrs Cassim, Head of Drama, said: “This was yet another theatrical treat from our talented students. The audience was treated to a wonderfully energetic production – a truly magical piece of theatre that delighted all the senses.’    

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