Students launch Uckfield Festival with drama showcase

Uckfield Community Technology Students launched launched the town’s festival yesterday with a drama showcase on the forecourt of Bridge Cottage.


Some of the drama students from Uckfield college who performed on Bridge Cottage forecourt to launch Uckfield Festival yesterday afternoon.

Passers-by gathered for the performance by students from Years 7, 8 and 9 which included extracts from Shakespeare plays, and Grimm Brothers fairytales. Gazebos provided shelter from the blazing sun.

Shakespeare extracts were performed members of the Year 9 drama club with Julia Harriyott, while Grimm Brothers fairytales were from Year 7 and Year 8 drama clubs, directed by the students, alongside Lottie Oldham, Georgia Allison, Maggie Charlesworth and Katherine Cooper.

Drama teacher Katherine Cooper said they hadn’t done an outside performance like this before but it went really well.

She added: “This is a lovely setting with Bridge Cottage in the background. Hopefully we’ll do more like this in the future.”

The cast included:

Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare: Madison Balkham, Ciara Maher, Lucy Maher, Mike Collins, Alfie Cullip, Liam Ferris, Oliver Burchett.

Ashputtel, Grimm Brothers: Scarlett Bradbury, Hannah Chevassut, Oliver Christian, Elizabeth Coldbreath, Lorna Downing, Holly Makelow, Francesca Mumford.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Elliott Ridley-Smith, Sophia Rose, Rebecca Beer, Ebby Hughes, Rebecca Kalisch, Lottie Marshall.

Little Redcap, Grimm Brothers: Sophie Beynon, Esme Dode-Angel, Rosie Fox, Inka Glover, Hetti-Georgina Kidd, Ida Landboe-Christiansen.

As You Like It, Shakespeare: Anna Larkin, Alex Elliott, Dylan Bradbury, Ella Burchett, Sophie Maskell, Elenor Nyren.

Hansel and Gretel, Grimm Brothers: Neve Beach, Tom Dobney, Elmira Horthy, Freya Jeffery, Rosie Muddle.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare: Tess Oldham, Jonny Rowland.

Snow White, Grimm Brothers: Annabel Hall, Annabel Furlong, Emma Brookes, Ollie Haynes, Daisy Whawell, April Owen, Tomas Wheatland, Roman Blundell, Bonnie West, George Clarke, Noah Barrow, Ella Murphy, Ayse Kaya, Zoe Mileman, Emily Starbuck, Libby Snelgrove, Ella Brown, Emma Beesley, Mia Manham, Daisy Ball, Lilly Maidment, Lyla Moger, Anna Sheriff, Tabitha Elliott, Nicole Stephens, Sara Larkin, Seb Thompson (props).

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare: Oliver Carter, Gabriella Gibbons, Emma Harriyott, Evan Lester.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare: Elliott Ridley-Smith.


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