Way back at the end of the Summer Term, an intrepid group of (just finishing) Year 11 students took on the task of presenting a half hour version of The Tempest. This was a brand new short adaptation of the play created by the Director of Drama. The students had only three and a half days to bring the entire show together! Accompanied by the amazing sounds of Mr P’s ‘piano harp’ they performed in the open air on the grass outside Ogstoun to a lovely audience who sat in the summer sun and enjoyed the show on the last evening of term.
As soon as the term was over, the cast, along with the drama staff all jumped on a plane and took the show down to London to perform at St Katherine Docks as part of the school’s 80th Birthday celebration.
The weather was amazing and the students were fortunate enough to meet Princess Anne and give three performances of the show to differnet audiences on a large pontoon, rather appropriately situated in the centre of the docks, with Ocean Spirit of Moray moored beside us.
Lots of OG’s came and saw the show and it was lovely to catch up with them and learn about the exciting things they’re all up to now. What a great way to start the holiday, and a great experience for all involved.
The opening of the fantastic extension to the theatre took place on Wednesday 21st May. We were honoured to have Their Graces The Earl and Countess of Wessex to open the building.
The new building contains a fantastic new dance studio, two classrooms, changing facilities, some storage space, a nice kitchen area and offices for all of the lovely staff. With the extension completed, the building will now be formally known as the ‘Ogstoun Drama and Dance Centre’.
The Earl and Countess toured the building, watching a dance performance by GY Dance in the new studio and speaking with students in the lessons taking place in the classrooms. The Earl of Wessex stopped briefly to look at photographs of himself in Gordonstoun Drama productions of the past and then moved into the theatre to watch a short drama performance before officially opening the building.
Following the opening The Earl and Countess of Wessex took time to speak with the students and staff about the drama work that goes on at Gordonstoun and the excellent facilities that we enjoy.
The Earl of Wessex showed tremendous skill in captivating the audience, building up tension with a very funny speech. The result was a tremendous cheer from everyone watching as the curtain was formally pulled to reveal the plaque that will now adorn the exterior of the building.
The opening was a wonderful experience for all of us here at Gordonstoun and we are extremely grateful to The Earl and Countess for coming to Ogstoun, for their interest in the work we do here and for opening the theatre in such an entertaining and enjoyable manner.