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Drama Department’s Production of ‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (Aged 13 3/4)’

March 5th-7th saw GCS Drama Department put on a production of Sue Townsend’s play ‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾’, based on her hilarious and iconic best-selling 1980s novel.

The cast was comprised of approximately 30 Year 7-10 students, some who have performed many times in and out of school, but also featuring many who were new to performance and were making their debut. One of the lovely things about doing this production was the fact that it brought such a wide range of students together, and lots of the staff commented on this, giving feedback such as ‘It was really nice to see some quite shy pupils involved and seeming so confident’.

Doing a straight play (the first in 8 years according to Mrs Marchant!) enabled some lovely character acting to develop, with actors such as Josh Green (‘Bert’) Matthew Eldridge (‘Grandma’) and Merida Beasley (‘Pauline Mole’) really impressing the audience with their excellent performance and comic timing. But the whole cast were amazingly strong, including the wonderful chorus who were professional, enthusiastic and very well organised with all their scene changes and costume changes! Of course special mention has to be made of Alex Healy who took the title role of Adrian Mole. He had a mammoth amount of lines to learn and rehearsals to attend, and he was the consummate professional throughout. He also put up with us making him do some very embarrassing things with very good humour!

The students had very little time to put this together, but from the start worked incredibly hard both in an out of rehearsal time to get it right. The production wouldn’t have been nearly as fantastic without the incredible technical team who also worked very professionally to put the piece together. Led by Tom Ofield, the students entirely ran the lighting and sound, creating a fun and uplifting atmosphere which really suited the comedy of the piece.

As ever, GSC staff played a huge part and we couldn’t have done it without the help of the box office staff, refreshments team, many people who lent us props, and who helped out on show nights.

It was great to see such a large and enthusiastic audience on the last night – hopefully word will spread for the next play and we will sell out every night – watch this space!