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Whistle Down the Wind

29 February 2012

Students from Years 7, 8 and 9 delivered a moving performance of Whistle Down the Wind yesterday evening, full of warmth and sensitivity that perfectly captured the essence of this story of childhood innocence.

Based on the novel by Mary Hayley Bell and well known from the classic film by Richard Attenborough and Brian Forbes, Whistle Down the Wind tells the story of three children growing up in the bleak moorlands of the Lancashire/Yorkshire borders in the late 1950's and what happens to them when they find 'Jesus' living in their barn.

Our production took seven songs from the original musical adaptation and focussed strongly on creating natural and believable relationships between the leading characters, bringing out the gentle humour and emotion embedded in the original script. The production involved many enthusiastic Year 7, 8 and 9 students, including a 31 strong chorus, and was supported by a  production team of students from Years 10 - 13.

Following on from the incredible success of Nicholas Nickleby in November has been no mean feat but the actors, technical crew, Drama Department and Director, drama teacher Laurence Taylor, have delivered another Walthamstow Hall hit in the Ship Theatre.