Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations
by Samuel Ward Academy Key Stage Three students
This short play by Alan Ayckbourn was performed from Tuesday, December 2 to Friday 5.
The story follows the character or Ernie, a young lad who lives a normal, boring life at home with his parents. However, Ernie possess an incredible gift, anything he imagines, be it a brass band in a doctors’ waiting room, saving his granny from a blazing helicopter or seeing his 68-year-old auntie win a boxing match come immediately to life.
Of course, this all happens but with hilarious outcomes.
The students at the school pulled off four incredibly entertaining performances full of charisma, enjoyment and professionalism.
Because of the talent at the school in regards to performance skills, the production team had to almost double the roles in the text to accommodate this and also have two separate casts; Cast A and Cast B.
Charlie Scarf and Lewis Wood, both in year eight, portrayed the role of Ernie and were outstanding role models to the younger members of the production, inspiring them all the way.
Matthew Russell, the school’s head of drama, said: “It was an absolute pleasure to have been a part of the production and work with so many dedicated, talented and mature young actors.
“Staff and parents who attended the play said that their only criticism was that it was not long enough and that they would have happily sat and watched it again. It was a credit to those involved.
“I am already look forward to 2015’s KS3 play which is already in the pipeline so keep your ears posted.
“I would like to thank all the cast, parents and any members of staff that gave up their free time to help this show become a reality.”