'Dyrons Boys’ Tells of Vicary War Family

The College recently collaborated with lottery funded First World War project, 'Away from the Western Front' and Newton Abbot Museum to create assemblies and drama pieces to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Using historical information with special significance to the College, student History Ambassadors and Year 10 Drama students focused on the stories of the Vicary family, who lived in Dyrons House (the College’s current Sixth Form building) during the First World War. Following the stories of the five sons of the family, History Ambassadors created assembly pieces that were presented to the entire student cohort in November. The resulting drama piece, ‘The Dyrons Boys’, followed the war experiences of the five Vicary sons, four of whom were stationed abroad during the conflict, and their contribution to the war effort and the experiences they encountered.

'Dyrons Boys' told the story of the Vicary family
'Dyrons Boys' told the story of the Vicary family

The Year 10 drama piece was performed to rave reviews, with one audience member commenting: “The Year 10 piece was exceptional and extremely well acted. It's the best performance I have seen at the College and over the years I have watched some amazing shows there.”

The hard-hitting piece detailed the journeys of soldiers and their families during WW1
The hard-hitting piece detailed the journeys of soldiers and their families during WW1

Team Leader of History, Kalie Dowling, said of the project: “It was a real privilege to be asked to get involved in a national project like ‘Away From the Western Front’ and I am so proud of the dedication shown by the History Ambassador Team and the amazing assembly that they put together for Remembrance week. We as a History team are honoured by the hard work that the very talented Year 10 Drama group and Miss Godfrey have put in to creating ‘The Dyrons Boys’, bringing the story of this incredible family to life. We have been so inspired by the story of this local family that we intend to put more focus on investigating the local stories of Newton Abbot and share them with the community.”

Dyrons Boys Newton Abbot College Drama Ofsted Good Secondary School 1
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