Mrs Horton encapsulates all the hilarity, pace and nostalgia of the Lower School’s Production, ‘A Right Royal Affair: ‘Over 80 of our exuberant and enthusiastic Lower School girls took to the stage for a nostalgic journey that travelled through the ever-changing decades overseen by Queen Elizabeth II. The energy and commitment drove the pace of the performance. We rock an’ rolled through the ‘50s, freaked out through the ‘60s and platformed our way into the flares and flower power of the ‘70s, culminating in a highly animated and entertaining celebration of our very own Fourth Form Village People who took the roof off with YMCA. Granny (cast member) caught her breath alongside a few more gin and tonics before the cast set off again, flicking their way through the ‘80s, raving into the ‘90s and finally texting, tweeting and hash tagging into the ‘00s!’.
What was incredibly apparent was the impressive range of both talent and confidence on stage, as girls tackled challenging texts and iconic comedy such as the Frost Report sketch on ‘Class’. Margaret Thatcher dominated the ‘80s, looking a little more raunchy than many remembered, and there was a poignant reminder of the pace of change as we moved from the innocence of ‘50s childhood to the online bullying that is so prevalent and devastating for our children today.
The girls went on their own educational journey through the rehearsal process and it was touching to see their evident respect as they turned to see a presentation of private and public photos of the Queen, from her birth to the present day whilst singing one of her favourite songs ‘Sing’ by Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
We hope her Majesty approves when we send her the stunning card, designed by the Art Department’s Miss Holder, with thoughtful and heartfelt messages of thanks and support from our whole school community.
Well done girls! One feels that you smashed it!’