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Drink Driving Performance Piece Packs a real Punch

Year 13 Performing Arts students highlighted the dangers of drink-driving in a powerful performance of Mark Wheeller’s acclaimed dramatic piece, ‘Too Much Punch for Judy” as part of their BTEC examinations. 

The hard-hitting piece was performed by a talented all-female cast of five. A packed audience of College staff, family and friends, were told the story of Judy, a young woman whose choices after a night out sees her killing her own sister in a tragic car accident. Based on a true story, the performance carries on to reveal that Judy was to re-offend ten years later, subsequently killing a young child in similar circumstances. The piece was performed as part of the BTEC ‘Acting Styles’ module and was based upon the ‘Frantic Assembly’ style, blending a powerful mix of movement, design, music and text to deliver its message. 

The piece started with a comedic feel, but tragedy soon ensued
The piece started with a comedic feel, but tragedy soon ensued

The piece’s juxtaposed styles of tragi-comedy made the piece even more successful, as Team Leader of Performing Arts and performance director, Rob Wilkinson explained, “The brilliance of this performance is its ability to lull its audience in to a false sense of security. Starting off with brilliantly delivered humour, the play soon takes the viewer on a rollercoaster of emotions that, ultimately, leaves them feeling utterly struck by the play’s message. Our five performers tackled the material brilliantly and I could not be prouder of them or their performance.”

The performance used a mix of different techniques including dance, drama and music
The performance used a mix of different techniques including dance, drama and music
Year 13 performer, Leah Panks, added: “We have been rehearsing this piece for nearly six months, so to see it finally come together on the stage was incredible. It was such a great opportunity to explore a practitioner in a way that we haven’t done before and to bring to life an incredibly powerful piece to the stage.”