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  Dance spectacular
 More than 200 pupils took to the stage for the Dauntsey School, Wiltshire, 2018 Lower School Dance Show. The programme included a huge variety of dance styles, showcasing the talents and versatility of the pupils. The audience enjoyed contemporary, ballet, street dance and jazz to name but a few.
This year’s theme was Planet Earth and some dances took inspiration from different countries, exploring caves, under the sea and prey versus predator.
Emily Wilkins, Dauntsey’s Teacher of Dance, said: “Parents, teachers
and pupils alike were amazed by the enthusiasm of all the dancers and the professionalism with which the Lower School took to the stage. There was a real buzz from the audience, who were particularly supportive and it was fantastic to see so many pupils up on stage having so much fun!”
There are many opportunities to enjoy dance at Dauntsey’s and classes are open to all pupils, both boys and girls, experienced dancers and those who are new to this discipline. Dance clubs include street, musical theatre, jazz, ballet, cheerleading, contemporary and tap.
War’s futility laid bare
A talented cast brought to life all the heavy-duty irony of Oh! What a Lovely War, in the latest drama production at St Benedict’s School, London.
This theatrical chronicle of the carnage of the First World War ( rst performed in 1963 under the direction of Joan Littlewood) is told through songs, short episodic scenes and documents of the period, and is no ordinary piece. The cast rose to the challenge of balancing irony
and bitter truths with music-hall comedy and singing.
With over 100 different characters, the play was
written for a multi-role cast. The performers showed their versatility by switching rapidly between lower ranks, of cers, and civilians, showing a range of perspectives from all the nations involved in the con ict. Sylvia Pankhurst’s appeal for the world to come to its senses, and her words – “We are killing off slowly but surely the best of the
male population” – contrasted starkly with Sir Douglas Haig’s determination to continue sending thousands of men to the front.
The show closed with a reprise of “And when they ask us, how dangerous it was, Oh, we’ll never tell them, no, we’ll never tell them”, the beguiling sweetness of the music contrasting with
a backdrop of  nal, sobering statistics: 10 million dead, 21 million wounded, 7 million missing.
It was directed by Head of Drama Katie Ravenscroft.
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