Last Wednesday (4 February) saw an original and highly enjoyable production, involving sketches, poems and songs in no fewer than six different languages. This was a collaboration of the Modern Languages and Drama Department featuring performances by the European Drama Club along with the AS Theatre Studies class and the Year 9 German set.
The evening started with Anna Edis and Eren Raja-Sansi in a Spanish sketch which provided a humorous take on the perils of visiting the doctor without sufficient language to explain one’s complaint. There were musical performances from 9T German set, who sang Abendstille überall, and from Clara Mann who gave a stunning rendition of a French folk song in the original language. Other highlights were readings in Welsh by Henri Painting Robinson and Ayesha Huxley, including the Lord’s Prayer, as well as a beautiful and highly dramatic reading of part of the Divine Comedy by Dante in the original Italian by Alessandra de Capitani. Henry Houvet also starred as narrator in a dramatized version of Jacques Prévert’s poem, Rappelle-toi, Barbara. The European Theatre Club gave performances of The Crow and The Fox by Lafontaine and The Story of Pauline and the Matches, taken from the somewhat grotesque series of German cautionary fairy tales for children, entitled Struwwelpeter. We also enjoyed seeing Two Men in the Bath, by Loriot in German. A further delight was Alex Andersson’s quiz: guess the Abba song title from the Swedish!
All students performed extremely well and it was a joy to hear a selection of the many languages spoken here at Sidcot on stage. The evening was accompanied, in true cabaret tradition, by a selection of food from the countries whose languages were represented.