Pupils’ spine-tingling play

Ponteland High School pupils performed DNA
Ponteland High School pupils performed DNA

Pupils in Northumberland took to the stage to perform a spine-tingling play.

Students at Ponteland High School performed DNA by Dennis Kelly, a story about a group of teenagers who do something bad, then panic and cover the whole thing up.

The pupils turned the drama studio into a woodland forest for the show, decorating the floor with more than 2,000 artificial leaves and adding atmospheric lighting and woodland sounds.

This created a tense atmosphere, enhanced by performing the play in the round, allowing the audience to feel immersed in the action.

Teachers said the students took to the challenge like professionals, creating a tense, but comedic performance.

They performed the play to audiences made up of parents and students in Years 10 and 11.

The play formed part of the work for the Year 13 A-level drama course, but students from different year groups collaborated, gaining useful experience of performing in an A-level piece.

The Year 13s were joined by Year 11 students Kyle Yates and Jack Wallace alongside Year 12 students Izzy Viney, Andrew Potter and Meenoo Razaei.

All of the students gave up their spare time after school and at lunch time to rehearse, and Tom Kelly in Year 10 helped with lighting and sound.

The cast of Year 13 students involved were Adina Birbeck, Tia Hall, Oliver Jennings, Ellen McBean, Matthew Nicholson, Kate Parkhouse, Alex Tolman and Catherine Young.

Teacher Emma Lee, who directed the performance, said: “The pupils were all incredibly focused throughout the rehearsal process and this definitely showed in their final performances.

“It was great to see pupils working collaboratively across the different year groups, and the enthusiasm they had towards supporting each other to achieve their end goal was amazing to see.”