For this terms end of year show the students wanted to put on a show to raise awareness about the degenerative condition which our very own student, Ellie Scott-Brown suffers from.
Ellie, aged 17, who has been a member of theschool for almost three years, said: “They came up with the idea and asked how I would feel about it. I said it would be amazing. I feel really honoured.
Cystic fibrosis is a life-shortening condition and only half of sufferers will reach the age of 40.
The inherited disease is caused by a faulty gene which slowly destroys the lungs and digestive system.
The gene controls the movement of salt and water in and out of the cells, so the lungs and digestive system become clogged with mucus, making it hard to breathe and digest food.
“I hope this play will raise awareness about the condition.”
The students created their own abstracted interpretation of this idea, based on Ellies ongoing experience with Cystic Fibrosis.
Ellie openly shared her experience living with the disease and the students created monologues allowing them to explore illness, existence, mortality, limits, reason, resilience and empathy, that was then structured into a theatrical piece that includes dance, song and music to express the stages of long term, degenerative illnesses through six main stages that the students initially identified.
To say the very least the performance was moving and very emotional. It was an excellent evening with amazing performances from all our students of the YoungSchool all the way up to theschool.
We could not off asked for anything more and we couldn’t be any happier with what our students have achieved.
Here is just a few of the comments from the night.
‘Thank you again for last Saturday’s performance. It was really superb. We loved every moment of it. So lovely the way the whole story wove through from the youngest right up to the more advanced and interwove a very personal story. Very powerful, moving and thought provoking.’
‘I just wanted to write to you all and say that last nights performance was amazing. I thought it gave such an insight to what teenagers who suffer on a daily basis with this illness suffer with. For the whole school to come together and portray a combined ethos of understanding was undeniably a love and appreciation of what a struggle day to day can be. theschool have instilled a great friendship and love within the group from young school to old school xx’.
‘It was great to meet you and to get involved with such a powerful show I couldn’t help but tear up a bit when everybody stood up! Please pass my congrats to all the kids, they did a great job All the best’. Jean (Technician)
Here is a BIG THANK YOU to all the students and staff for their hard work and also thank you to Jean and Joe, our techs on the day.
Thank you to all the back room team and the staff at The Link, as always your work is deeply appreciated!
We would also like to thank our students parents for their consistent support.
Last but by no means least…Ellie, with your courage and determination you are a inspiration and we are honoured to have you as a student of theschool, thank you!