Rockin' it at J Rock!

On Thursday 7th March, 46 children from Years 5 and 6 travelled to the Guildhall in Southampton to take part in the Junior Rock Challenge, a performing arts competition for primary and junior, special needs and independent schools. 

Farleigh’s routine, based on William Golding's Lord of the Flies, depicts their transformation from typical boarding school pupils into savage hunters, as they adapted to being stranded on a deserted island. During the eight minute performance, their fear of the unknown manifested into the imaginary 'beastie' and cracks soon started to form between them. With dramatic lighting created by Charlie in Year 6 and realistic stage makeup, the end product was truly haunting. 

The event was a resounding success and audiences were astounded by the standard of performances. Farleigh's time on the stage was no exception and the children were delighted to have their hard work acknowledged by the panel of expert judges, receiving awards for excellence in the following areas: Drama, Performance Skill, Choreography, Concept, Soundtrack and Entertainment. Most impressively, Farleigh's routine also won the Performers’ Choice Award, as voted for by the other competing schools. 

Kevin Hession, Head of Drama says: “Our pupils performed with impressive amounts of maturity and intensity. They tackled a complex and multi-layered range of emotions throughout the piece, demonstrating how hard they had worked to take on board the advice and notes given to improve their portrayal of the characters. The pupils' approach to the project was phenomenal from start to finish and they should feel incredibly proud of their achievements.”