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 Strictly dance
A little bit of ballroom glamour came to Bancroft’s School, Essex, when ex “Strictly Come Dancing” professional dancer Robin Windsor came along to lead pupils and some staff at the Woodford Green school in a Ballroom and Latin workshop. Sadly there were no fake tans or sequins on display.
The group began with learning basic moves to the cha-cha, which is the  rst dance the “Strictly” celebs learn. The pace slowed down when they moved onto the waltz. By now it was evident that some of the group weren’t over con dent with telling their left from their right foot but all progressed well enough when moving in a straight line. However, when they were asked to move round the room in a
circle things became a little more confusing and the scene started to resemble pier-end Dodgems! The  nal dance for the afternoon was the most complex and athletic: the Charleston. The routine taught was based on one Robin Windsor had choreographed for “Strictly”; it was fast and furious and included moves such as the interestingly named “scuff”.
After an hour or so of dancing, even at this quite basic level, it was easy to see why the celebrities all seem to drop the kilos, especially when some are rehearsing 12 hours a day. Dances learnt and it was time for a little competition. In pairs dancers were asked  rst to cha- cha and then waltz with Robin Windsor judging the winners.
Comedy turns
Derby Grammar School’s Drama Competition theme was ‘Comedy Sketches’.
Over the years a variety of literary masterpieces have been showcased, from Shakespeare to Ian Fleming. This year it was decided to do something a little different and focus on comedy.
Scenes were acted from Fry and Laurie, the Two Ronnies, Goodness Gracious Me and Monty Python, amongst others.
The task of judging fell to Hayley Simpson, the LAMDA teacher at Derby Grammar School. She said: “Comedy is very dif cult to pull off. It’s all about being clear, your timing and keeping a straight face while the audience is laughing.
  Cluedo brought to life
Farlington School, Sussex, senior girls, under the direction and guidance of Director Emma Spires, presented ‘Cluedo’ – a totally devised show.
The play was based on the old Christmas board-game staple, Cluedo, which saw Miss Scarlett, Colonel Mustard, et al, brought to technicolor 1920s life.
This was not a realistic detective ‘Whodunnit’: it was instead a parody of one. It took the idea of stock characters and brought caricatures to life.
It was a marriage of comedy and murder in the best tradition of British sophisticated comedy.
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