HJS were delighted to take part in the Playhouse project, in partnership with Bristol Old Vic. 5 schools in the Bristol area were selected to work with professional writers and directors on a new play, to be performed on the Old Vic stage in July. Miss Jones took on the task of recruiting volunteers from Years 3 to 6, attending training at the Old Vic, choosing a play and organising rehearsals. To assist with the rehearsals, she invited students from North Bristol Post-16 Drama department, including an ex-HJS pupil.
The play, The Giant Killers, was loosely based on the well known tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. However, it was cleverly written to address some hard-hitting current issues, particularly the plight of refugees and the way immigrants are treated in some sectors of society. The underlying message was that we are all the same, regardless of the colour of our skin, the language we speak, or where we were born. Whilst the giant flourished by driving divisions between different communities, the children in the story defeated the giant when they all worked together against a common enemy.
They gave two performances - one in school to the rest of the children, and one at the Old Vic to a packed house of families and friends.
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