26 March 2018
Year 6 Transport Audience to a Whole New World
Parents, friends and children amongst the King’s community were recently transported to a whole new world, as Year 6 pupils delighted everyone with three brilliant performances of their production of Arabian Nights.
The exotic play was a feast for the eyes, as a spectacle of colours and glittering costumes catapulted audiences into the magical world of Arabia. The stage, beautifully decked with silk curtains, wedding cloths and a mirage of exquisite drapes, provided the perfect backdrop to the Middle Eastern play.
The girls, delighted with their makeovers, looked beautiful with darkly painted eyes, sparkling jewels and colourful silk dresses. The boys appeared equally impressive, sporting slicked back hair and gold sashes.
From start to finish, the storytellers compelled, grasping the audience’s attention as they skilfully wove their tapestry of magical tales with an injection of humour, physical theatre and dance. This, together with their confident voices, made for a theatrical treat.
The audience delighted in the macabre story of the King, who each day would marry and murder a new wife. Gus Gompels confidently portrayed the heart-broken tyrant, who by curtain call came to the realisation that he was capable of love once again.
Raffaella Cook as Scheherazade engaged the audience with her beautiful storytelling, while Georgia Fidler expertly led a twirling team of Arabian dancers. Harry Blanch played the mischievous robber, and Arthur Webster the foolish farmer, both of whom were outstanding in their roles.
We must also congratulate the wonderful dead body, hilariously portrayed by Harvey Taylor, and judge, Maya Penn who proved a force to be reckoned with.
Staff and parents were not the only ones blown away by the outlandish production; the actors themselves were so committed to their art that they are eager to be in the spotlight once more.
Post-production comments included: “Mrs Kierle, why can’t we do another performance?” “I’m so sad it’s over, I want to do it again!” “Can’t we do another play in the summer term?” and “Why did it have to be three performances? Couldn’t we do 5?!”
As always, the memory of being on stage will stay with the children forever, not to mention the extravagant make-up, exuberant costumes and captivating songs. Drama touches us all at King’s Hall, and this production was nothing short of a triumph! Congratulations to Mrs Kierle, Mr Dayus-Jones and the cast and crew for making Arabian Nights an unforgettable show.