THE HOME OF PERFORMANCE

This term music and theatre unleashed itself across the Senior School Houses as the pupils contested the ever popular and highly competitive House Drama and House Music competitions.

Act One was House Drama which returned in a new format and once more showcased some superb performances from both established and first-time performers and directors at PGS. Despite the competitive nature of the evening, pupils united to present an occasion that was all about quality theatre, irrespective of House loyalties.

Winning 'Best Monologue' for Smith with his extract from Jerusalem, Harvey Hill was extraordinarily compelling; Dani Turner won best 'Performer in a Duologue' for Grant in her first attempt for an uncanny and hilarious rendition of Eddy in Absolutely Fabulous. 'Best Duologue' was won by Finn Elliot and James Rathmell for Whitcombe with a cool, polished conversation between hitmen from Pulp Fiction, with Latter, and director Sacha Hemingway, carrying off the ‘Best Group Scene’ award with an inspired, gleeful section from Life of Brian.

There were outstanding performances throughout the evening, in particular Isabel Richardson for The Deep Blue Sea (Whitcombe) and Lavinia Montgomery for The Memory of Water (Smith), both of whom won ‘Best Performer in a Group’ awards. Lucy Albuery won 'Best Supporting Performance' for Grant with a splendidly sharp and expressive turn in Playhouse Creatures. The overall winner was Latter for the range, quality and participation of their programme. The evening was another reminder of the strength in depth Drama possesses at PGS - 2021 promises to raise the bar even higher.

Act Two was the annual House Music evening held in the magnificent surrounds of the Cathedral. The energy and passion for music making shown by the pupils was higher than ever. A revamped competition format clearly encouraged greater participation, greater imagination and musicianship.

There were high calibre solo performances from Year 7 to Year 13, paired with classy close harmony vocal ensembles, sophisticated Baroque duets, grooving rock numbers and exuberant large ensembles. It was a real celebration of music, music-making and collaborative work.

Adjudicator, Mr Peter Gritton, commented on the wealth of talent, energy and enjoyment and the fact that close on 150 pupils were representing their houses so proudly in their music making. Overall winners on the evening were Smith and Hawkey who lifted the trophy for the first time in 4 years!