Gang offers dance and drama

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St Wilfrid’s CE Primary School, Haywards Heath, 15-17 July 2013

“Bugsy, you’ve sure got brains”.

“Of course – I went to St Wilfrid’s”. Maybe it’s not in the original script, but this dialogue was vindicated in a thoughtful, fast-moving production that ended all too soon.

The considerable talent of Year 5, as an assured choir mastering difficult, poignant numbers such as ‘Ordinary Fool’ and ‘Down and Out’, sympathetically accompanied Year 6’s crisply choreographed and well acted gangsters, intellectually challenged cops, off-beat radio announcers, soup kitchen clientele and whistle blowing referees.

When will Radio 4 presenters ever acknowledge that they interrupt their own interruptions or the UN show a decisive red card to governments who splurge their dissidents?

Social comment was cleverly sewn into the knockabout humour and occasional pathos.

Will Brecht be the next primary school playwright?

Simple but effective sets, bold, existential costumes and props – I loved the plastic-cupped 1920s phone – and slick dancing, with some Egyptian movement that came from a ’20s Biblical blockbuster movie, gave shape and colour to an in-your-face production.

It was all clearly spoken and played successfully for laughs and sobs.

Dance, drama and music are very lively and well in Haywards Heath schools.

Those tennis racket shaped splurgers proved that Andy Murray’s feats have been trumped here – by Fat Sam’s Grand Slam, of course.

The picture shows Fat Sam and Knuckles played by Finn and Luke.

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