Earlier this term, the main hall at Barry Comprehensive School was transformed into an elegant and stylish room for the return of the Drama Department’s Murder mystery night. This year the title of the evening was called “Murder at the Panto”. Students from years 7 to 13 took on the role of suspects and police officers for an epic 3 and a half hours of spontaneous improvisation. The students visited all 12 tables, full of eager detectives attempting to solve who killed Aladdin.
During the evening the guests were treated to a buffet dinner served to the table and had access to a fully stocked bar.
This event, like so many others the drama department have staged already this year (“Survivors” starring year 13 Theatre, “A night of Improvisation” starring year 7 -13 drama club, “One Night of Talent” starring years 7 and 8) would not be possible without a dedicated team of staff. Mrs Audra Ellis took on the role of writer, director and chief constable for the entire evening whilst Mr Ian Piekielniak and Miss Adrienne Hughes prepared the food and ran the bar all evening.
Mr Ian Piekielniak, Head of drama stated “The evening was a massive success, the students involved are a credit to the department and to their families. They really did themselves proud. I am delighted that the murder mystery is back and would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Ellis and Miss Hughes for working so hard to make this happen. I would also like to thank everyone who came and who made this evening such a success. Special thanks must go to Mr Ben Coates (an ex Head Boy of the sixth form and current Head of Year at St Richard Gwyn school) who returned to help run the bar all evening and finally to Jen and Carolyn from “Your Day Your Way” (Party and Wedding Planners) for decorating the hall and making it look absolutely amazing”!
The money raised from the evening will be used by the drama department to purchase new equipment vital for the delivery of fun, inspiring and engaging lessons for all our students. Funds raised will also be used to sponsor Dennis, a young man from our link partner school in Kenya, to help support his education for another year as he strives to fulfil his ambitions of becoming a teacher.
Keep an eye on the school website for future productions which we hope will include another murder mystery for the summer term, a Keys Stage 3 production of “Teechers” by John Godber and a Key Stage 4 and 5 production (to be confirmed).