The Park High School Rock Challenge team were delighted to win the regional heat for the Southern Rock Challenge Championship on 20th February. Performing to a cheering audience, the team of over 100 students had worked for months to create a compelling and distinctly mature performance that tackled issues surrounding mental health for women in the 1800s. The piece, entitled 'Portrait of a Patient', was based upon the stories of women who were committed to lunatic asylums for the crime of ‘reading too much’. Amongst other reasons were hysteria, postnatal depression, infidelity... Park High explored whether these women were truly mad and whether the ‘cures’ they were subjected to did more harm than good. Welcome to a world where the once sane will inevitably succumb to the madness of Bedlam.
The team spent the day at Stevenage Leisure Centre watching other schools' performances, rehearsing at every opportunity, and generally dancing and making noise. Frantic hair and make up preparation took place from midday onwards for their final performance at 7:30pm. Months and hours of preparation paid off when Park High School were awarded certificates of excellence in every possible category and overall First Place! Park High School will now compete in the finals in June at Portsmouth Guildhall.
Excellence in Drama skills
Excellence in Choreography
Excellence in Lighting
Excellence in Concept
Excellence in Soundtrack
Excellence in Performance Skills
Excellence in Entertainment
Excellence in Set Design and Function
Excellence in Stage Use
Excellence in Costuming Character
Excellence in Visual Enhancement
Additional awards for Achievement in Drug Awareness, Cultural and Educational Achievement and Positive Inclusion.
Overall First Place.
Park High School, Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 1PL
Mr Emlyn Lumley
0208 952 2803