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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Budding actors will be using their performing skills to raise funds for victims of the devastating storm surge along the north Norfolk coast.
“Flood” has been devised by 18 AS-level performance studies students at Paston Sixth Form College in North Walsham.
It is based on the December 5 floods and interviews with people affected by the natural disaster.
Flood will be performed at Sheringham Little Theatre on Wednesday March 26 at 1pm.
It is free to watch but donations can be given which will go towards the Walcott, Bacton and Happisburgh Flood Relief fund-raising group which supports people in those communities affected by flooding.
Mandy McKenna, performing arts teacher, said: “It is very close to home for them. What you can do within performance is discuss things at different levels. There are some very moving testimonies from people who have been affected. It is very moving but at the same time we can look at the factual side of the issue.”
The contemporary production combines dance, song and acting and is split into three subject areas.
These include the community response and immediate clear-up operation, the impact on Cromer Pier and the wider global and political issues surrounding the incident.
The 16 and 17-year-olds were originally going to devise a play about the 1953 east coast floods.
“It has brought a real social issue closer to them. They have made a link between people’s lives and political decisions,” Ms McKenna added.
The three 20 minute plays form a percentage of their final AS-level mark.
Elliott Scott-Greenard, 17, from Ormesby, said: “It has been interesting trying to find ways of re-expressing how people felt as a result of the event. One of the biggest things we found was how amazed people felt from the help of strangers.”
The students interviewed people on the phone or over email.