Unexamined Lives

The story of the 20th century as lived by residents in the Derbyshire village of Borrowash


Number 17 100 Years History of a Borrowash House


The stage is up in the school hall.  There are two boxes full of props in the corner of the classroom and there’s some serious word learning to be done.  With over sixty ‘characters’ in the play, and a cast of 35, many of the children will be portraying more than one character.  The challenge is to be ‘in character’ in the right place, at the right time, in the right costume with the right props   It’s fun and exciting,  it’s also hard work – lots of potential for chaos.

We’re anticipating some crazy moments at  rehearsals from now on because finally we get to use props!  So who gets the bucket and shovel and has to collect some nice fresh horse muck for Dad’s allotment?  What’s that they’re drinking out of the tankard? Who will eat the bloater paste sandwiches?

As well as some VIP guests, (including The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, Mo Cooper from The Heritage Lottery Fund, members of the community, ladies of the Ockbrook and Borrowash W.I.,  pupils, parents, school governors, families and friends) several of the ‘characters’ the children are portraying on stage will be in the audience!  No pressure then!

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