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’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.”