Pupils from Bryanston School and The Blandford School have just taken centre stage in one of the most ambitious theatrical productions ever staged by two Dorset schools. The performance of Les Misérables at the Coade Hall at Bryanston saw the combined cast from both schools deliver a performance of professional standard to packed audiences over four consecutive nights.
“The enthusiasm and talent of the entire cast was truly inspiring and will live long in the memory of everyone who attended,” says Lucy Bowerman-Ellis, head of performing and creative arts at The Blandford School. “Developing and delivering such a significant joint production has been a wonderful experience for staff and pupils of both schools and I am immensely proud of every member of the cast – from the youngest to the most experienced.”
“This was a challenging but very fulfilling project for everyone involved”, adds Duncan Fowler-Watt, director of performing arts at Bryanston. “Organising rehearsals around the very different timetables of both schools was something of a juggling act, but the end result is a credit to everyone involved – from the stage crew and unsung heroes behind the scenes, to the performers who excelled in every way to deliver a truly spectacular show. It has been wonderful to see how well the students of both schools have worked together in pursuit of the same goal and they should all be very proud of what they have achieved.”
Although Bryanston and The Blandford School have been working together for many years, the performance of Les Misérables was the first combined theatrical production. Both schools are now looking to build on the success of the project and their increasingly close connection.
Other recent projects have included a visit to Oxford by sixth formers of both schools and the joint attendance of head pupils to a Leadership Conference at Wellington College. Senior staff at both Bryanston and The Blandford School are currently in discussion regarding a number of new joint initiatives in 2020 covering sport, science, humanities and the arts.