24 May 2017

This time of year sees many drama students switching attention from the stage to the page as exams kick in, but L6th A Level students have been active recently creating four new plays for audiences in the St Helen's studio theatre. All four drew inspiration from the same starting points – an extract from OA Mike Bartlett's 2010 play, Earthquakes in London, and the approaches of Cornwall-based theatre company Kneehigh.

Two Truths and Lie explored the impact of a revelation on three siblings at their parents' 30th wedding anniversary. Plumblossom delved beneath the apparently placid surface of village life to shine a light on tensions at the heart of a family. Maximum Sentence centred on an injustice that carried the death penalty while Kill Your Darlings followed a mother who found it impossible to love her child. Congratulations to Reuben Havelock, Archie Gittos, Arthur Musson, Joseph Salter and their St Helen's counterparts on the pieces: all four plays offered their audiences varied, thought-provoking, and hugely satisfying theatrical experiences.

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