Isle of Man News - POSTED Fri 27-04-2012

Hard-hitting Theatre Wows Audiences at Ballakermeen High School

by Martin Rigby

Hard-hitting Theatre Wows Audiences at Ballakermeen High School

Ballakermeen Year 12 B Tec Performing Arts students celebrated the end of a very successful first year of study by staging Dennis Kelly’s play Love and Money to full houses. Joe Hillard, Chloe Shimmin, Sabrina Rowett, Zoe Greatbatch, Graihagh Brew and Oliver Grey performed the hard- hitting and powerful, multi media play twice this week in the Studio Theatre.

Dennis Kelly, one of the U.K.’s most uncompromising contemporary playwrights wrote the piece in response to society’s relationship with money, consumerism and debt and through it considers how these elements of modern day living can influence human behaviour and the relationships we all share with others.

The production was culmination of eight months’ work and study and all the students delivered visceral, powerhouse performances, enthralling two packed houses. Three of the cast recently filled the top places in the Young Actor of Mann competition, and Joe Hillard who won the competition has been chosen to play the lead in this summer’s production of Grease at the Gaiety Theatre.

Stephen Craige, Performing Arts and Drama teacher said: ‘The students have worked incredibly hard this year honing their acting skills. They have looked in great depth at Stanislavski’s principles of acting and performance skills. Their commitment to the course Ballakermeen offers was evident for all to see. Their performances were simply electrifying, and all we are all extremely proud of their wonderful achievement.'

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