Narnia comes to Mayfield

Last week saw three wonderful performances of the play The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, by Mayfield Theatre Company Seniors. The company, made up of pupils from Years 9 and 10, and consisting of performers, technicians, and stage management, worked together to produce a well accomplished piece of theatre. They brought the charming story of good versus evil to life through creative characterisations and clear staging.

Mrs Gerstmeyer, Head of Drama Department, commented: "It was wonderful to work with this company and witness them becoming good friends, supporting one another and ultimately pulling together to accomplish a well-crafted piece of work that will remain in their memories forever."

Rosie in Year 10, who played the role of Peter, the eldest of the four children, said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed the entire process of this year’s ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ production. From the first few weeks of studying and envisaging the world and characters C.S. Lewis created, to lifting these characters off the script and into the classroom, to our final performance. Over the year, each cast member began to truly embody their character, adopting the mannerisms created by C.S. Lewis whilst also adding their unique interpretations to the role, making each scene dynamic, entertaining and rehearsals a lot of fun. We had built the fantastical world through this characterisation and so when it came to perform, I could no longer see the cast as a group of Year 9s and 10s but as a White Witch, a pair of married beavers, a clumsy fawn, a great lion and four utterly confused children, all of which truly belonged in Narnia!"

Lucy, who played the White Witch, commented: "I really enjoyed being a part of 'The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe" as Mayfield Theatre Company is such a lovely group of people and it is such a welcoming environment, especially to a new member who has never performed with this group before. I had such a good time working with the cast and directors and I can confidently say that the rest of the cast did too!"

Katie, who played Aslan, commented: "I loved being a part of 'The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe'. It was a great opportunity to be able perform live, in full costume, hair and makeup for a live audience (something we were not able to do throughout the pandemic). During rehearsals, we were able to think more about our use of physicality in our performances. It was also particularly interesting to dissect the story in more detail, and we had many interesting discussions about C.S. Lewis's use of religious allegory and symbolism throughout the original book."

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