Our brilliant day out

What a wonderful day we had at the Royal & Derngate Theatre. Read the blog…


NT’s assessment? “Brilliant, inspired, fantastic”

Those are the kinds of words you want to see in an assessment from the National Theatre– and we’ve got them!

We received a glowing assessment from our recent production of The Boy Preference – here are a few of the more headline grabbing comments…

  • ‘Brilliant decision to have a chorus of girls which has a huge impact’
  • ‘Terrifying chorus’
  • ‘The chorus work is brilliant’
  •  ‘Wonderfully detailed props throughout’
  • ‘Inspired use of sound, lighting and design’
  • ‘Really well thought out’
  •  ‘Loved the handing of flowers’
  • ‘The fight in scene 2 is brilliant – fantastic and genuinely shocking’
  • ‘The extreme heat impetus…really brought out the sense of muddied thinking and extremity of events’
  • ‘I loved the staging of the dive’
  • ‘The costumes are great’
  • ‘The sunglasses are ingenious’

The development notes are in the vast majority technical: suggestions for different exits/entrances and a few lighting/sound tweaks.

As far as the performances go, again suggestions for how a few minor things might be handled differently which we can work on, but there are no real criticisms at all!

So good news on all fronts – there are things we can do to make it better (I don’t disagree with any of his suggestions) AND it’s pretty darned good as it is! And if you look at the things he really liked, these ideas came from all sorts of people/places – so a genuine team effort.

Well done everyone!!!

A brilliant performance

All those who saw TheBYTE’s production of The Boy Preference agreed they had seen something very special. A huge well done to the cast and crew – here’s looking forward to taking the show to the Royal & Derngate Theatre in Northampton!

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Announcing our spring show… Timonfeya!

poster portrait 2014 1 copyNext Easter’s show at The SandPit Theatre will be Timonfeya – a new play adapted from a previous trilogy by David.

It’s the story of a rescue journey from the cloud capped mountains to the depths of the fiery Underworld and features Rocks, Fireflies, evil fluffy animals and an Ice Queen amongst a plethora of (often very silly) characters.

It has loads of parts, lots of songs (including the now legendary Dingly Dell and Rock Song) and is packed with adventure and extremely bad jokes.

And this term we will be giving each school it’s VERY OWN SHOW – so four shows over a weekend (21/22/23 March).

It’ll be great fun and a real challenge. We can’t wait.

TheBYTE has ‘The Boy Preference’

Best’s youth theatre group, TheBYTE, is to perform Elinor Cook’s brand new play, ‘The Boy Preference’ in February/March as part of the National Theatre Connections programme . It’s a disturbing tale of a country where girls are disdained and often aborted before birth. What would happen if the girls who never were suddenly are?

It’s a challenging piece and should be huge fun to do! Can’t wait…

Ex-Best student gets a line in Game of Thrones!

Congratulations to Sammy Small, who came to Best 2008-2011. He’s been working loads and we were thrPM B Small Samuelilled to see him in ‘Game of Thrones’ – and with a line! Many more to come, Sammy, we’re sure!

Next term, Best will be Frozen!

Frozen-bannerIn the autumn term 2014, Best and First Class will be using ‘Frozen!’ as a theme, with songs, dances and drama based on the latest Disney classic. We won’t let it go!

What a Night at the Oscars!

Well done both casts for a simply brilliant run of shows. You sounded and looked fabulous and we hope you’ll enjoy seeing your performance on the DVD.

Have a lovely Easter – but if you are looking for something to do, there are still places on our spring academy 7-11 April – The Nightmare before Easter’.

Scholarship auditions announced

For the first time we are holding scholarship auditions to join our Saturday afternoon Best classes! There are 5 free places and 10 50% discounts on offer. Selection will be made at a free, fun audition workshop at Sandringham School on Tuesday 8th April 2pm-4pm. Click here to find out more…