Derby Grammar School’s House Drama competition was based on episodes of Friends this year. Atkinson House scooped the top prize with their performance of the episode ‘The One With Unagi’ and Elliot Butterworth won the Best Actor award for his performance of Ross in the same episode.
The House Drama competition is always eagerly anticipated. Pupils across year groups 7 to 13 come together to get involved both on stage and behind the scenes, often having little or no acting experience, and sometimes discovering new talents!
Over a short period of time this year the pupils adapted the episodes for stage, learnt lines and rehearsed. The evening saw some unique presentations, creative props and amazing costumes.
Mrs Watson, Bemrose House Master, began the evening by reminding the audience of how old the Friends series actually is. It is 25 years since it first aired and 15 years ago since the last episode was shown. Despite it being older than most of the school’s pupils it was recently voted one of the most popular TV shows in the UK for young people.
The performances were judged by Lea Holmes who has appeared in several performances at Derby Theatre and Guildhall, as well as writing three pantomimes which have been performed at Derby Grammar School.
Lea commented that all performances were superb. He said: “All of the casts brought each episode to life, everyone should be very proud of what they have achieved.