- As we ended term 2, our talented year ten and eleven drama students presented the play, ‘Charlie Pilgrim’ in four fantastic shows for our school community.
The production highlighted different aspects of what it’s like to be a teenager and to struggle with identity; perfectly handled by the Year 10 cast, who each played a new version of Charlie Pilgrim.
The overall performance was truly effective and received a wonderful audience reaction which is what drama is all about.
Have you ever wanted to change the past?
On the 16th and 17th of June, our talented year 10 and 11 drama students presented ‘Charlie Pilgrim’ (or a beginners guide to time travel), by Sam O’Sullivan and directed by their teacher Miss Ellen Osborne. The students performed a total of four shows, two matinees for other students and two evening performances.
The plot of this drama follows a scientist named Charlie Pilgrim who decides to build a time machine (named the mobius) to go back and redo their first day of school so they could have friends. This goes wrong however, and Charlie is then stuck in a time loop, adding a new version of Charlie Pilgrim every twenty-four hours. To save their souls and prevent the universe from collapsing from a series of mind bending paradoxes, Charlie is forced to battle…themselves.
Essentially this play focuses on themes of identity, finding yourself and learning to accept all the parts of who you are. This production highlighted all the aspects of what it’s like to be a teenager and to struggle with identity; which was perfectly handled by the Year 10 cast, who each played a new version of Charlie Pilgrim.
The set design really felt like a high tech scientific lab, with lots of props and items borrowed from the Science faculty. As soon as you entered the room you were transported into the interdimensional space in time with glowing lights, gadget’s gizmos’ and lava lamps! The lighting helped set the mood for the audience, expertly managed by Year 11 student Shea Thomsen, and helped to transform each scene into the appropriate space. The set and lighting were enhanced by vivid projections to the back of the stage, managed and created by Year 11 student Noah Bradley. Effective sound design by Year 11 student Dahlya El Oweichi enhanced the feeling that we were really in a high tech facility; whilst also keeping the show lighthearted.
Year 10 actors rose to the difficult concepts and ideas present in Charlie Pilgrim. Every actor brought their own unique style and flair to their role, expertly holding moments of tension when it felt needed. An incredibly strong ensemble, on and off the stage.