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Upcoming Productions

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Cabaret Evening - Thursday 23rd April, Main Hall, 7pm

Trinity Guildhall Exam Showcase - Friday 24th April, Main Hall, 7.30pm


Past Productions

Little Shop of Horrors - Howard Ashman & Alan MenkenLSOH Postersmall

Drama, music and dance enthusiasts at Sexey's lit the stage on metaphorical fire at the school's 2015 production, Little Shop of Horrors. From the rousing introduction by the three "Ronnette's" (Rosie Carroll, Katie Leeming and Leanne Baker), to the whole cast Finale ("Don't Feed the Plants"), the full-house audience was treated to a night of horror, comedy and fantastic theatrical talent.

When super-botanist Seymour (played by the inimitable Willaim Annetts-Burke) grows an exotic plant with a thirst forLSH3 fresh blood, he not only catapaults his flower shop of Skid Row to fame and fortune, but also wins his girl, Audrey (played by natural actress, Charlotte Peach). But his success comes at great cost, much to the misfortune of "semi-sadist" Orin Scrivello DDS (played by a chilling Peter King) and unfortunate florist Mr Mushik (George Stewart-Sendell).

New full-stage theatre lighting (managed by Kate Stevens, operated by Daniel Nichols) and a deeply impressive and creative set design (by Kate Stevens) enhanced the imaginative performance, directed by Head of Drama, Wendy Kiddell. A monochrome shop interior hightlighted the dreary Skid Row atmosphere, punctuated by the luminosity of the ever-growing green beast of a plant, Audrey II (voiced by the charasmatic Matt Needham, puppeteering expertly done by Tim Forster) - and the orange wires of the inept dentist's drill.

The calibre of the live music (directed by Director of Music, Jenna Middleton) was much acclaimed by the audience, as were the assured vocal performances across the board. Band members included David Clackson, Richard Colquhoun, Rory Galloway, Matt Hunt, Amanda Lam, Jenna Middleton, Callum Oliphant and Kate Stevens.

Head Master, Irfan Latif said, "I am deeply proud of everyone involved in this production. It is so important that we encourage and support drama, music and dancing in school, and the annual school musical never fails to inspire. Little Shop of Horrors is no exception."

LSH2The Little Shop of Horrors team would also like to thank all those who have supported the production, giving up their time to do so. Mrs Wendy Kiddell said, "This whole production has been characterised by a great amount of energy and enthusiasm, be it from the students, the production team, backstage crew, parents and staff. I'm immensely grateful to all those who have donated their time to making this such a success and most especially, would like to congratulate the stunningly gifted stars of the show for delivering such a superb night out. Their success is testament to their dedication and commitment throughout rehearsal."

Sarah Simms, Press Release


"It was for a non-curricular event, however, that I recently visited the school, namely a production of the musical ‘LSOH5Little Shop of Horrors’. I shared the auditorium with a couple of local primary schools – this certainly gave them a fun taster of what to expect in future years.

Wendy Kiddell is Head of Drama who clearly was very much at ease given that curtain-up was imminent. “We have been working on this since September and this is one of two major drama events we produce each year. This is a musical whereas in the summer we will produce a play {Sarah do you know the name of this?}.

Little Shop of Horrors is perhaps along the lines of Bugsy Malone in age appeal, although in place of splurge guns there happens to be a flesh-eating plant, which becomes more apparent as this slightly macabre story evolves. Once you include a psychotic and clearly incompetent dentist and a gem of a rhyme - greatest with semi-sadist……..well you have the picture.

It’s enjoyment on stage as much as in the audience that is the real key to any drama production and in schools this is particularly important. It’s also easier to spot and there is clearly much on-stage alacrity in developing the plot line – the unusual plant in a flower shop that is found to obtain its nutrients from blood, with a resultant decrease in the main characters over time.

LSOH4Sexey’s has benefitted recently from a renovation of the stage in this impressive venue and the school now owns a full stage lighting system instead of having to rent one in.

Adding great charm to this imaginative production (some very creative scenery included a fold-out dentist’s surgery on the stage edge) was live music. Rory is a year 7 percussionist who underpinned the rhythm section and also took advantage of some new timpani. The school’s Director of Music Jenna Middleton has been in post for ten years and clearly gives great inspiration to young musicians. Vocal performances were very assured and did justice to the musical arrangements."

Giles Adams, What's On Somerset?


Theatre Centre Productions brings WW1 tribute “The Muddy Choir” to Sexey’s 

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20 November 2014: Sexey’s School today played host to a Theatre Centre production of “The Muddy Choir”, a new play by Jesse Briton to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. The hour-long play saw professional actors Lawrence Russell (“Will”), Andrew Burrell (“Jumbo”), and Ryan Penny (“Robbie”) performing to a captivated audience of 100 students from Years 9-12.
The actors then led a Q&A workshop with the students, examining the motivations behind the play, as well as its historical implications, and what it’s like to be an actor tackling such emotional issues like those encountered in the World Wars.
Commenting on the play, Jack Harrison, Year 10 said, “I really enjoyed “The Muddy Choir.” Without giving too much of the plot away, I liked the way that time slowed as one exchanged cigarettes with his friend, and then lynched him. It really brought the reality of war home by focusing on the little things, then hitting you hard with the big drama of it all.”
Theatre Centre is a professional theatre company bringing inspirational productions to children and young people throughout the UK, coming to Sexey’s as part of the invaluable Take Art initiative. The actors, along with production editor Joseph Colgan, have been touring with “The Muddy Choir” since January, including schools and theatres across the country. Sexey’s marks the 57th performance of the play, following a production in the Salisbury Playhouse.
Mrs Wendy Kiddell, Head of Drama at Sexey’s School commented, “Theatre Centre’s production has proven to be a hugely exciting and emotional complement to students’ study of World War 1 in History. The actors were extremely engaging and inspiring; the workshop saw drama students undertaking some rehearsal exercises to understand the realities facing the characters in the play. My huge thanks goes to Take Art and Theatre Centre for making this production possible at Sexey’s.”
Actor Andrew Burrell added, “It’s really important for us to show the human aspect behind the War, something that’s often difficult to glean from textbooks or battlefield trips, though of course these are vital too. We hope that through the play, we are able to demonstrate how young and unprepared these boys being sent to war were, and how essential friendships proved in the conditions they faced in the trenches.”
“The Muddy Choir” will tour for another 40 performances throughout the UK, including the Brighton Dome.



China Plate Productions brings Macbeth to Sexey’s

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15 October 2014: Sexey’s School played host to a China Plate production of “Macbeth – Blood Will Have Blood” today. The one-hour digital adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic play saw professional actor Richard Kidd take to the stage and perform alongside a sound and film dramatisation to a group of enthralled Year 8 students. Richard then led a workshop to explore and question each of the characters’ motivations within the play.

China Plate was established in 2006 and since then has built a reputation as a player of national importance, working to make theatre accessible to audiences from all walks of life. The Macbeth production and accompanying ‘mythodrama’ workshop has been created by Contender Charlie, which uses the power of storytelling and mythology to inspire the creative learning of young people and school leaders. Integrated with the performance, the workshop and additional classroom resources aim to support young people in the exploration of their emotional development and creative potential.

Commenting, Mrs Wendy Kiddell, Head of Drama at Sexey’s School said, “China Plate’s production has proven to be an utterly accessible and unforgettable introduction to Macbeth – perfect for our Year 8s as they undertake their curriculum studies of the play. The direction and acting were stellar, and the design and soundtrack had everyone spellbound. I am sure that it has opened the students’ imaginations to new dimensions of the play.”

Richard Kidd, Actor in the production added, “I’m incredibly passionate about Shakespeare. My aim in these productions is to pass on to the children that Shakespeare is theirs – it’s a myth that you have to be well-read to enjoy and relate to it; it’s about Everyman and can teach us so much about life today.”

Year 8 Drama students Will Forster and Hugo Peel added, “It was scary – really supernatural and realistic. The direction was fantastic.”

China Plate’s production of Macbeth will tour for another two weeks in Oxford, London, Birmingham and Wolverhampton to students aged 9-13. It is backed by Warwick Arts Council.

Further upcoming Sexey’s Drama Department dates to look out for include:

• Anyone 14 years of age and over – Tuesday 11th November 2014
Sexey’s School is pleased work with Take Art Rural Touring to host Tom Wainwright’s Double-bill performance of “Buttercup” - a half-cow, half-woman who is plucked from obscurity to become an overnight celebrity - and “Barry The Beaver”- a politically incorrect performance poet who is a fountain of no nonsense wisdom. Tickets are available from Sexey’s Reception 01749 813393. Price: £6 adults / £4 concessions / £18 family (2 adults & 2 children)

• Year 9 – Thursday 20th November 2014
To support study of World War 1 in History, students have the opportunity to watch a performance of “The Muddy Choir” written to mark the centenary of the First World War.


The Comedy of Errors - Shakespeare (Abridged by Wendy Kiddell)

Comedy of Errors Poster SmallAs the lights came up on the actors from KS3 the scene was set - Antipholus and Dromio of Syracuse arrive in Ephesus while searching for their long lost twin brothers. Unkown to them, their brothers are residents of the town and it is not long before each brother is mistaken for the other. A jealous wife, a stolen chain, numerous errands and an amorous unseen kitchen wench converge to make the day stressful and confusing for each set of the twins. Meanwhile Egeon, father of the Antipholus brothers is condemned to die unless a ransom is paid.

The story unfolded through the fantastic acting of the students who performed, speaking the complex words of Shakespeare and adding the facial comedy throughout. 

"Our founder, Hugh Sexey, would have been proud of last night's School Production of Shakespeare's 'The Comedy of Errors', which was performed with such confidence and aplomb by our Y7s and 8s. I thought I could tell the difference between Dromio of Syracuse and Dromio of Ephesus, but sadly I couldn't - the parst were brilliantly played by the Forster twins, Will and Tim, and the cast and crew have produced a play which has set the standard for future productions - expectations will be high and the challenge even greater." - Irfan Latif, Headmaster



 The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - William Finn, Rachel Sheinkin, Rebecca Feldman & Jay Reiss

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In the musical comedy, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by a grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser.

This hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicles the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show's Tony Award-winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of hereos; a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.

"As the final stubborn stains of Matt Needham’s shoe soles are scraped off the Sexey’s stage, we are allowed the time to reflect on this year's school production. strabismusMr Partridge had only just learnt his lines from last year's script before 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' was upon us. Indeed, a lot had happened between the two productions - a new headmaster came to the school, the colour house titles were changed and we bade a fond farewell to many a teacher, though it turns out that perhaps Mr Searle never truly left...rumours persisted that a started Miss Stevens discovered him in a state of extreme malnourishment inside the props cupboard, having been mistaken for the walrus mask used in last years Beatles-themed production.

'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ saw the rise not only of Josiah’s ‘unfortunate distraction’, but a group of students who staggered the audience with four fabulous performances. From what I saw of the show on Wednesday night (I spent the majority of the second halh extracting a Chupa-Chup lolly from my left eyeball), it was clear that the cast and crew of the 'Bee' had created something which will stand the test of time almost as well as the gelled quiff of Chip Talention, which had to be manhandled by a dedicated team of stylists back into its original floppy form. In fact, its legacy may even outlive the memory of Callum Oliphant dementedly flailing around in assembly, watched in varying degress of appalled fascination. 

Web Small CallumPutting on a production is no mean feat, and there is no doubt that the cast pulled it off. As the last audience members seated themselves in their luxurious plastic chairs, the lights went down and the hall was brought to life with laughter and music, almost drowning out the screeches as the aforementioned plastic seats were rearranged. I watched the audience transfixed by the tale of six intrepid oddballs, united in their immoderate desire for spelling stardom.

I chose not to be in the production this year, a decision I regret almost as much as not plumping for the chocolate cake on offer during the interval, but as Rona Lisa Perretti says, 'If you start to spell a word you may start over but the sequences of letters already spoken may not be changed' (and a digestive does not disappoint)."

Review by Rosie Perrett


"I really didn't know what to expect especially when it took me some time to decipher the title 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee'. But I was impressed when I saw the opening night performance. It was hilarious, witty, moving and full of energy - I also learnt a couple of new words too - syzygy, acouchi and ideate! The final performance was mentioned on Classic FM this morning during the School Run!" - Irfan Latif, Headmaster

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Private Peaceful - Michael Morpurgo 


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Thomas "Tommo" Peaceful and his elder brother, Charlie, do everything together. They used to go to school together, fact their problems together, sleep and eat together; they even loved the same girl...but now they have to fact the many facets of war together. Can a bond and loyalty between brothers overcome the brutality of the front lines and bring them safely home? When the lines of heroism and cowardice collide, what can one man or even a brother do to fight the injustices of it all?

Under the direction of Dawn Newstead Sexey's Key Stage 3 took this beautiful Michael Morpurgo story and brought it to life on the stage. Their performances were fantastic, really bringing out the emotion of the piece. Daniel Coombes and Matthew Needham portrayed the two different sides of Tommo very well, one being before the war, showing the action and the other being the voice of diary entries. Both gave a believable performance and really engaged the audience in the story. This was aided by a fantastic performance from Josiah Berkeley, playing the brother, Charlie. The charming Emily Douglass portrayed the role of Molly, friend and love interest of both the brothers, appearing onstage alongside their mother, played maturely by Alice Jackson and their older brother, played by Rosie Carroll. The whole cast gave a most believable performance, including: Ed Deacon, Annie Stainer, Alice McGovern, George Stewart-Sendell, Charlie Johns, Max Doughty, Daisy Burr, Katie Leeming, Cat Cook, Charlotte Peach, Emily Brady, Abi Francom, Frances Martin, Alice Vincent, Jessica Belsten, Lottie Chadwick, Gabby Brownlow, Raie Craft, Toria Ives, Rebecca Horler-Powell, Lucy Hanko and Kate Homer. Thank you to all who took part and well done on such an amazing performance.


Like Dreamers Do - Kate Stevens & The Beatles

LLD Poster"Welcome, welcome one and all, on this lovely evening to this school hall"...and this ever so different rendition of Like Dreamers Do - an amalgamation of a Shakespeare classic and music written by The Beatles, that has inspired many. What you are about to witness was conjured up by the beautiful brain of Sarah Norris, enthused upon by Jenna Middleton and Kate Stevens, arm twistingly thrust upon Tom Balch and then the word spread further as members of the staff and student faculty became involved. And to attempt to explain the story that you are about to perceive in 500 words is near impossible...but we'll give it a go.

The play opens at the gates of Here Comes the Sunrise festival, the annual music event hosted by Mr OB Kite, where three different stories unfold. The first tells of four students, caught up in the confusion of love. Both Maxwell and Mackenzie have fallen for Penny, but her heart belongs to Mackenzie - despite her father, Desmond, offering her hand in marriage to Maxwell. Mackenzie and Penny plan to escape the fate set by Desmond by going to the festival, pursued by Maxwell. He in turn is followed by Prudence, Penny's best friend, who's heart still yearns for Maxwell.

The second portrays an about-to-make-it-big-band, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club, and their trials and tribulations battling with the lead singer, Billy Shears' ego and their climb to success. This want to succeed is hindered when Billy decides to quit the band and goes off to perform at another festival without the rest of the band, leaving Sgt Pepper and the rest of the band in a panic.

Finally, the third, which depicts the tale of rival festival owners and their quarrels. Mr OB Kite, owner and creator of Here Comes the Sunrise has competition when he finds out taht Ms. Ti Rigby, an ex-flame of his, has organised a festival for the same weekend, not that far away from his own. Her very own Strawberry Fields Festival. So what will he do to win the star acts and make sure that his festival is still as popular as always?

All three stories unravel with several twists and turns, brought forth by the mischievous character Pablo Fanque, with her inability to see through instructions and a lot of aerosols.

"The school production of 'Like Dreamers Do' - stressful, nerve-racking and utterly exhausting. The unforgiving rehearsal schedule sent Miss Stevens' voice to even higher pitches than anyone thought humanly possible, and Miss Middleton's hair (a magnificent mahogany colour pre-production) showing enough shades of grey to rival E.L. James and put the Dulux catalogue out of print.

LDD 186But rub the psychedelic smears of face-paint on the changing room mirror, fight your way through the eye-burning haze of Mr Burnford's body spray and clear a path through the sea of discarded props (don't step on the Klaxon horn) and you reveal a masterpiece.

Each performance was a roaring success, with Sexey's School Hall pounding with lively music and the laughter and cheers of the delighted audience as they were transported away from the uncomfortable plastic chairs and into a mind-expanding kaleidoscope filled with the songs of The Beatles and the words of Shakepeare, then delivered back to Earth with a crash (and the muffled cracking of the fore-mentioned plastic seats), leaving them gasping for more.

As each line was delivered and each note was played, it was clear to everyone watching just how much hard
 work and commitment every person had put in. Pupils from every year group broke down the barriers of the school heirarchy and could be seen practising, singing and even laughing with each other, with no one left on the perimeter. The atmosphere was wild both on-stage and off.

I for one loved being part of 'Like Dreamers Do'; not just because we got ourselves out of two days of lessons, but because of the moment when it all came together. When all the nerves and fears that it would be a disaster went out the window, the lights came up and we put on a show that mesmerised the audiene and made every callused finger, sore throat and frenzied panic worthwhile. In the words of John Lennon, 'A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality'."

Rosie Perrett, First Violin


Schools Will Rock You - Queen & Ben Elton

The time is the future...in a place that was once called Earth. Globalisation is complete. Everywhere the kids watch the same movies, wear the same fashions and think the same thoughts. It's a safe, happy Ga-Ga World. Unless you're a rebel. Unless you want to ROCK!

On Planet Mall all musical instruments are banned, the Company Computers generate tunes and everybody downloads them. It is an age of boy bands and of girl bands. Of boy and girl bands. Of girl bands with a couple of boys in who look like girls anyway. Nothing is left to chance, hits are scheduled years in advance. But resistance is growing. Underneath the gleaming cities, down in the lower depth live the Bohemians. Rebels who believe that there was once a Golden Age when the kids formed their own bands and wrote their own songs. They call that time...RHAPSODY.

Legend persists that somewhere on Planet Mall instruments still exist. Somewhere, the mighty axe of a great and hair guitar god lies buried deep in the rock. The Bohemians need a hero to find this axe and draw it from the stone. Is the one who calls himself Galileo that man? But the Ga-Ga Cops are also looking for Galileo and if they get him first they will surely drag him before the Killer Queen and consign him to oblivion across the Seven Seas of Rhye.

Who is Galileo? Where is the Hairy One's Axe? Where is the place of living rock? Any way the wind blows...



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