Students direct and perform drama showcase at Georgian Theatre Royal

Richmond School students took to the stage at the Georgian Theatre Royal for two performances which they directed and starred in.

29 students from years seven to ten presented Caelum and Cavea, written by Ellie Hughes, a year ten student, and Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations by Alan Ayckbourn.

As well as writing Caelum and Cavea, Ellie Hughes co-directed the piece with Lily Holmes in year ten.

Ellie’s Caelum and Cavea is set in a dystopian world with a divided society of the Servants and Colombinas where the Colombinas took over society and stole freedom away from the working class.

It follows the story of April, the main protagonist, who wonders what her life would be like if she lived in Caelum. She decides that life is too short and too mysterious to wonder and April’s journey in Caelum changed her life for the better, breaking down the barriers and fighting for equality.

Ellie said: “I enjoyed my experience at the Georgian immensely.

“This is my first play and watching it being performed, I couldn’t help but think ‘wow, I wrote that”.

“I am so lucky to have had this opportunity and I have learnt so many new things along the way.”

After the interval, a cast of eight from Years 7 and 8, led and directed by Toby Watson, in Year 12, performed their version of Alan Ayckbourn’s Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations.

The simple plot concerns Ernie being taken to see a doctor by his parents, who are concerned about their son’s hallucinations – or ‘illucinations’ as Ernie has it.

Mr Birdsall, associate assistant headteacher for extracurricular development and engagement, said: “We are very lucky that our students are extremely proactive and passionate about what they do.

“With both the junior and senior theatre companies, we allow our students to lead and have a say in the work that they would like to produce. This year was exceptional for student leadership as Ellie and Lily asked if the junior theatre company could perform Ellie’s script and for them to direct it themselves.”