Greenland - the play - Hurstpierpoint College Creative

Greenland – the play

I was delighted that the Fifth Form cast of Greenland were finally able to film their adaptation of the play nearly eight months after our initial rehearsal process began.

The piece, originally commissioned by the National Theatre in 2012, addresses the environmental crisis. It was chosen by Liam Harris and me to co-direct with Esther McNeil, back in October. Many guises, GCSE exams, directorial and cast changes later, the committed core of fine young adults maintained a steady nerve to the very end. They enhanced the company’s collective human experience with their unfailing determination, optimism and enthusiasm. This shared experience of embracing changing circumstances together created an opportunity for flexibility and growth. Each of the ensemble cast should be extremely proud of this achievement, as well as of their excellent performances.

Special mention must go to Will P for tackling practically every male part going. Also to Belle P for relishing her role as choreographer and for her slick, innovative and witty routines. In keeping with the play’s ethos, under the creative eye of Ruth B, Phoebe Lewis led the CAG team who generously donated their time to make puppets and collect recycling for our set. Rather than purchasing props and costumes, I re-used and adapted what the department already had, encouraging the cast to create a wardrobe for their characters from home.

We were fortunate to have renowned professional movement director George Lamb deliver an enriching puppetry workshop. Working with the film crew not only added further industry experience but enabled the cast to fully realise their endeavours with a platform they deserved.

Thanks must go to Jess D for her stoical support and technical prowess, and to Milo G for his excellent set-deconstruction. I have huge admiration for my cast of committed bright young things “still standing with the world on their shoulders”. They have surpassed all expectations in creating a truly authentic and impactful piece of drama for our time.

Sara Markland, Director of Greenland


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