The House Play Festival at Clifton College was an intense and exciting week filled with laughter, team work and enjoyment. Parents, peers and teachers flocked to the school’s Redgrave Theatre last week, eager to be entertained by pupils in each House, who manage every single aspect of their play themselves, even down to the lighting and staging. It is a time for the Sixth Formers to rise to the challenge, and put their leadership skills to the test, as they direct, produce and organise each play.
The festival is one of the highlights of the school year with many pupils attending every play during the week. This year each play was completely different: there were comedies, dramas, pantomimes, plays with large casts and even a play with only three actors. The standard was incredibly high with every house fighting for one of the varied awards up for grabs, be it as a House or as an individual.
The award for ‘Best Production’ is hotly contested with this year’s prize going to The South Town’s production of The Night Before Christmas a play which was described by the judges as: "a very professional looking and well-constructed piece of drama."
Other nominees for this prestigious award were West Town and their thoroughly enjoyable play, Daisy Pulls It Off, a production packed with exceptional acting, well designed staging and brilliant bursts of comedy, as well as School House’s The Happenings at Algernon Place, a play adapted by the House from the 2015 Best New Comedy The Play That Goes Wrong. This proved to be an audience favourite and had everyone in fits of laughter due to impeccable comedy timing of both cast members and props.
House spirit really echoed throughout the week as House members worked together with roles for everyone from the actors to the lighting crew and costume direction to stage management with fantastic results which thoroughly entertained the packed theatre night after night.
- Ella Kipling, Tatler Schools Social Editor.