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Hipperholme students turn the clock back 100 years

More than 70 pupils took part in a Return to 1914

Alistair Gent and Rowan Sollitt, Year 11 of Hipperholme Grammar School

Students turned the clock back with a cabaret production set in 1914.

More than 70 students from Years 7-11 at Hipperholme Grammar School performed in this year’s Senior School Production Return to 1914.

Narrator Chloe Stedmans took the audience on a trip back 100 years, as Year 11 GCSE Drama students performed their final examination piece with extracts from Peter Whelan’s Accrington Pals.

Megan Murray and Lydia Chin shared the role of ‘May’, both giving very moving performances in stark contrast to Jacob Francis’s Army officer exhorting his soldiers further into no-man’s land.

Of course 1914 did not begin with war, and Year 8’s performance of ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Fair Lady’ combined the works of Conan Doyle and George Bernard Shaw, both popular Edwardian writers.

The staging was designed by Year 10 GCSE Performing Arts students, including the atmospheric trench which audience members had to negotiate before entering the School Hall.

Year 10 performed their own scenes based on the 1963 musical “Oh! What a Lovely War” and the evening concluded with Lucy Skirrow playing and singing her own composition to accompany a contemporary dance from Chloe Stedmans, Georgia Pegg, Neala Farr and Ronni Farr.

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