The Elizabethan brings WW1 to life with Tailgate Theatre

In just six hours, students from Years 10 and 11 brought “Bonnets and Breeches”, the winning entry in this year’s North Notts Short Story Competition, to life.   The story was written by Elizabeth Carney-Marsh and is based on the experiences of the Land Girls who worked at Clumber Park during WW1.Eleven lucky GCSE Drama students from the Elizabethan Academy have been given the opportunity to spend the day working with James Worthington, Director of TailGate Theatre. 

On the evening, all their hard work was put to the test when they performed the piece outdoors at Bassetlaw Museum, as part of ‘Meet the Authors’ Book Launch event for the Short Story collection.

It was the perfect setting for the performance, as it created an authentic atmosphere for the moving tale to be told.

Steve Walker, who was in the audience on the night, told us “the quality of performance was particularly impressive given they only had one day to prepare, and a few invited guests commented to me that they had assumed that the students had been rehearsing for weeks.” 

James Worthington also commended the work ethic of the students and the experience as a whole.  “What these students have achieved in such a short space of time is amazing – I’m blown away by them.”

Year 10 student, Leo Cheslyn-Curtis, said “This is the first time I have been involved in an event like this and it has been brilliant. I have loved working with James and getting the chance to work with students in other year groups. Performing at the museum was lots of fun (if a bit cold!) It has given me loads of confidence for my GCSE performance work.”

Academy Principal, Chris Horrocks, said she was “delighted” that the performance went so well.  “We were awarded ArtsMark status by Arts Council England in 2006 for the strength of our performing arts, and it is only right that we use the talent of both our staff and our students to support important community events such as this.  The Women’s Land Army was formed 100 years ago, in 1917, and I am very proud that our students have had the opportunity to keep their memory alive.”