Category Archives: Drama

The Other Facts of Life

We have finished performing the play! We think it was a great success, we have enjoyed it but glad it’s over.

Emily said: “I think that all the parents thought it was funny and enjoyable.”

Sophie said: “I think parents liked it and everyone was amazing at their parts.”

Mollie said: “It was good and I liked it!”

Matthew W said: “It took lots of practice and we enjoyed it lots!”

Mr Whitewick said: “I enjoyed it very much, it made me laugh, but I preferred it when you sang along to a backing track.  Singing along to a  CD doesn’t work as well- you cannot hear the pupils, just the CD.  I thought it was a very well written play, though.”

Matthew P said: “It was good, but I think it was a bit long.”

Ella said: “I enjoyed making the props more than acting in the play.”

Robyn said: “I enjoyed watching the making of the props and putting on the play.”

The Other Facts of Life

Yesterday was the third and final performance of our Y6 play called ‘The Other Facts of Life’.  It was based on the Morris Glietzman novel of the same name.  The script was written by Mrs Nunn.

Adam played the part of Ron, the father of Ben.  The play was about Ron’s younger son, Ben, who starts to worry about world issues such as the starving millions and the treatment of animals.  Ron does not really understand his son and tries to talk him out of being so serious.  It doesn’t help that Ben’s father is a butcher and Ben decides to become a vegetarian!

“Acting in the play was fun but it could be difficult as well.  There were many lines to remember and you had to make sure you didn’t get the lines wrong,” said Adam.

Y6 have been rehearsing since the end of the SATs tests in May.  “Wednesday evening at 6.30 was the best performance because the audience laughed at the jokes and they were not a tough crowd!”  Adam had one fo the main parts.  “We had to sign up to say whether we wanted a big part or small part and I really wanted a major part; either the role of Ben or Ron.  I was happy with the part I got.”

Adam’s wife in the play was Di, played by Becky.  “She was good at influencing the audience,” said Adam.  “She was a good singer and actor.”

Here are some photos of the Y6 play in performance.

Interview with Harvey

On 28th June some of the Year 4 pupils from our school went to Royal Wootten Bassett Academy to talk about our Australia Year at Holbrook.  They had included a bit from their play but tweaked it so it went with what they were doing and so the audience would understand what was going on.  I asked Harvey (my brother who went to the school) a couple of questions about what he thought about it:

1) How long did it take to put the whole thing together?

It took quite long but it was worth it.

2) What did you think of it and why?                                                

I thought it was really good.  All the schools were great but particularly Holbrook.

3) How well did it go?

I thought it went very well because we worked very hard and we did extremely fantastic.

4) Did everyone enjoy it?

Yes I thought everyone enjoyed it because we all thought it was a really fun thing to be a part of.

5) Were there many schools there?

Not many schools were there, but some left a presentation because they couldn’t be there.

 6) Do you think Mr Whitewick did a good job and why?

Yes because he directed it, tweaked it, taught us the drama and made it a success!

7) Were people impressed by the peformance?

Yes because everyone else had scripts but we didn’t.

8) Was there anything you could have changed to make it better and why?

No because it was perfectly AMAZING!

9) Do you think everyone was loud?

Everyone was very loud and clear and you could tell that people could tell what they were saying.

10) Were Holbrook the best and why?

Yes because we are just awesome and we were well behaved!


Wiltshire International Conference

Yesterday, Wiltshire held its first conference for students and pupils in Wiltshire schools on the theme of International work.  14 schools gave presentations about the international links they had with schools around the world.  The conference was held at Royal Wootten Bassett Academy.

Holbrook was represented by 8 Y4 pupils who gave their presentation in the form of a small drama explaining why and how we have studied Australia this year. 

The drama was well received by the pupils and staff at the conference.  Here are some photos of the drama in rehearsal and in performance.

End of the Show!

The Y4 play is over!  On Friday we took down the stage and scenery.  I took a few photos of the scenery before we took everything down.  The map, the giant boomerang and the sun were all made in class by the pupils.  They also made props, such as fishing rods and fish, and found other items to put to use, such as a huge camping ground sheet which was used as the sea and a mountain.

The title of the play came from Ashley who suggested ‘Stories from the Heart of Australia’.  This was shortened to ‘The Heart of Australia’ because it had a double meaning.  Harvey repeats the following lines throughout the play:

“Listen to the Heartbeat.  This is not your heartbeat.  This is not my heartbeat.  It is the heartbeat of the earth.  Listen to it and the stories it tells.”  

The play ends with the building of the wall of words; words that sum up reasons for telling stories and passing on words of wisdom.

Mr Whitewick

Interview with Harvey about the Y4 Play

Did you like doing the play?

Yes because it was really fun.

How long were you practising the play?

About 5 to 8 weeks on Mondays after school and Tuesday afternoons.

Why did you practise for a long time?

Because we needed practise to get everything perfect!

What was the best part of doing the play?

The slow motion fight.

What was your part in the play?

I was the snake and I loved doing it.

What was your favourite line?

My favourite line was “Listen to the heart beat!”

How did the play start?

Mr Whitewick asked if we wanted to do a play!

Who was involved in the play?

Me (Harvey Frisby), Ashley Ellison, Charlotte Sutherland, Stacey Harford, Trinity Hartfield, Jasmine Smith, Jessica Coates, Imran Karmoun, Hani Rtabi, Lewis Humphries, Madeline Kerbey, Patryk Bucholc, Josh Knowler, Aaron Higgins, Lana Green, Taylor Clifford, Reagan Muffett, Mr Whitewick and Mr Millar.

How many stories were there told in the play?

3 and a song. There was that many because it was in Kangaroo, koala, crocodile, snake.

What score would you give out of 10 for the performances?

8/10 because there were three mistakes in the  performance but luckily we managed to patch them up!!!

Who made up the name of the play and what was it?

Everyone in Y4 and Mr Whitewick and it was called “The Heart of Australia”.


Y4 Play: The Heart of Australia

Yesterday Y4 performed their play for the first time.  All classes in the school came to see the performance and, afterwards, Zephaniah class wrote a letter to the Y4 pupils.  This is what it said:

Dear Year 4,

We thought that your play was very impressive and very well written. While we were watching our mouths where wide open, waiting to see what would happen next. We particularly enjoyed the snake story.

We would have liked to see more stories, and more about koalas. We liked the way you split it up into different stories. We liked the way everyone spoke clearly, and looked at the audience. We also liked the way you learnt your parts. You shared out your lines very well. The heartbeat at the beginning of each story was really effective.  We also thought that the animal rhythm was really effective, (we even had a go our selves!!!)  Some of the performances were really funny!

Overall it was a really good play – you and Mr Whitewick have worked really hard. If you did another play we would love to come!

Yours truly

Zephaniah class and Mrs Nunn