24 June 2019

Haroun and the Sea of Stories

Salman Rushdie’s powerful storytelling is at the heart of Haroun and the Sea of Stories, the Year 9 play.

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We started working on Haroun in September, experimenting with chorus-work ideas and ways of presenting the scenes. After an informal audition process I was given the part of Blabbermouth – a comic character who disguises herself as a boy.

This character, and the play as a whole, was very different to other styles of drama I have previously explored. It depicts a crazy fantasy world full of witty lines and over-the-top costumes. I loved becoming immersed in the story and its many ups and downs as the main character Haroun embarks on a once-in-a-lifetime quest. 

The best part of the process was the final week of performances. Although stressful at times, it was amazing to see all the months of work come together. I love being part of a performance: there is a real buzz about it. We really bonded as a cast and I have made some great new friends. It was a hectic but unforgettable experience.

Charlotte Bailey, Year 9

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