Acting A Level students give up their half-term for Great Expectations play

Students from Michael Hall Steiner School
Students from Michael Hall Steiner School

Students of Michael Hall Steiner School in Forest Row are putting on Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, as well as studying for their A Levels.

The production aims to offer something for everyone. It’s a tale of madness, betrayal, love and greed with dance, tremendous acting and original music composed for every scene.

Performances take place in the Michael Hall School Theatre on Thursday February 27, Friday, February 28 and Saturday, March 1, at 7.30pm with a matinee performance on the Saturday at 2.30pm.

Tickets are available from the school reception on 01342 822275, Seasons of Forest Row or The Venue on The Green Charity Shop, Forest Row.

Adult tickets cost £7, Concessions (children, students, OAPs) are £4 and family tickets (two adults, two children) cost £18.

The production is being put on by the graduating sixth form students.

Alongside national curriculum studies for GCSE and A levels, Steiner pupils also take part in many forms of art and performance.

This drama project is the culmination of twelve years of artistic and cultural work for them and is the final artistic project these pupils will take part in, before they take their A levels this summer.

While involving direction from professionals and the generous support of a theatre set designer, this project is student-led, with their ideas informing publicity, costumes, set and lighting.

The play was chosen by the pupils as they identified with the journey of self-discovery and growing up, which the main character Pip embarks on.

Committed to looking at ‘Great Expectations’ in a fresh and innovative way, these students haven given up much of their free time to this project, including the entire February half term.

The script is an adaption of the book by Nick Ormerod and Declan Donnellan, originally produced for the Royal Shakespeare Company.