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Students studying on the Level 3 BTEC in Drama and Musical Theatre at Cronton Sixth Form College finished their first year off in style with a fabulous performance of ‘Illyria’ a play written by Bryony Lavery.
The students were all extremely pleased when they learnt that the award winning playwright herself had emailed them to wish them luck on their first night.
Bryony, whose work has featured on Broadway as well as in TV and Film, sent an email to the College saying:
Wishing you every success in the war-torn, but green-treed country of Illyria….
I am many miles away, in rainy London, but will be thinking of all you tale-telling maids, rough soldiers, Dear Lapin, Conrad, and…ah….The Generalissimo!!!
Seriously…THRILLED you are doing this play of mine which I love a lot.
Have a great show.
Every thought of good luck…break every leg
‘Illyria’ is a play about a fictional country, originally mentioned in the William Shakespeare play Twelfth Night and acquired by successful British playwright Bryony Lavery to represent any one of a number of countries torn apart by war in recent years. The play examines one moment in the country’s history, when the constantly fluctuating state of war shifts once more and the strain of war has stretched its people to breaking point.
In their production, BTEC Drama and Musical Theatre used a vivid mix of physical theatre and bold storytelling to engage their audience and create an atmosphere of intense emotion and chaos. There were moments of arresting theatricality, supreme control and focus, and refreshing comedy.
Daniel Cambridge, Performing Arts tutor at the Centre of Excellence in Performing Arts at Cronton Sixth Form and director of the show said, “The whole cast performed well as an ensemble and displayed an assurance and confidence which shows just how well they have developed as performers in their first year of the course.”