To mark 100 years since the end of World War 1, on Friday 9 November, CLSG students presented poetry readings and performed an excerpt from R. C. Sherriff's Journey's End. Having served as a Captain in the East Surrey Regiment, and being badly wounded at Passchendaele near Ypres in 1917, Sherriff possessed first-hand experience of life on the front-line.
The play is set in a dugout in the British trenches near St-Quentin, France, and concerns the lives of a group of British soldiers who face the ominous prospect of ‘going over the top’ into battle. It was first performed in 1928, with a 21 year old Laurence Olivier playing the protagonist, Captain Stanhope.
Year 10 and 11 GCSE Drama students took on the roles of the young men in the trenches, and it quickly became apparent that these young women playing men was irrelevant - the issues conveyed in this piece transcend gender; it is a human story of friendship, loss, pain and the senselessness of war.
Mr Whyld, Teacher of Drama