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Posted on December 18th 2017
Harris on Stage Festival of Performing Arts - Report and Pictures
Last week, Harris Academy Greenwich launched the first ever Harris on Stage performance festival. Hollie Hughes of Harris Academy Greenwich explains what it was all about.
Harris on Stage was an extremely special event that saw over 130 students from various Harris academies showcase short performances to an invited audience at Harris Academy Greenwich. Six schools in total participated across the two evenings and we sold over 180 tickets for each evening.
On the Wednesday, Harris Academy Greenwich launched the event with a comical and explosive interpretation of Bugsy Malone. Harris Academy Chobham delivered an abstract account of Othello followed by Harris Academy Bermondsey who closed the event with a fantastic performance of The Lion King.
On Thursday, Greenwich opened again with Bugsy Malone. Harris Academy Falconwood then performed a creative devised piece. Harris Academy Peckham presented an impacting and unique piece exploring gang culture and Harris Academy South Norwood finished the evening with a wonderful performance of Matilda.
The event was designed to bring academies together to share and celebrate student talent and success in Performing Arts across the Federation. Moreover, I’ve always believed that it is important to provide students with chance to develop their professional theatrical experiences and enrich their cultural understanding. It was truly remarkable to see students from all of the various academies networking, supporting and celebrating each other's talents and performances.
Finally, I'm thrilled to announce that Harris Academy Chobham have already signed up to host the festival in 2018. We’ve already had students commenting that they want to be involved next year so we are recruiting our next cast early!
Hopefully, this event will continue to grow year upon year with more academies participating and more students revelling in the excitement and success of the festival.
What people said
Audience member: “You could see just how much the students were enjoying it- it was such a great evening for them!”
Staff member: “A truly brilliant evening”
Student: “I can’t wait to be in it next year!”