The show must go on. It’s an age old adage that could not die on my theatrical watch.
But it did; or at least that's how it felt for the first month or so. With a prompt end to my first year physically at school, and with lockdown firmly taking its grip, there seemed no more opportunities to pursue the dramatic arts. The school performance of Macbeth was indefinitely suspended; the debating competition froze on the eve of the final; my own screenplay adaptation of The Hobbit seemed to dissolve in front of my eyes.
I sat and waited and it seemed that there was no hope. Even EastEnders was running out of steam.
Then it suddenly dawned on me that I needed to take action myself. So, to my mother’s horror, I painted a wall ‘Optimism Green’ and with green screen technology, brought the outside in. There was nowhere in the world I couldn’t appear to be. Every backdrop and setting was now possible. My brothers proved to be more useful than I previously realised as they became the focus of my shows. I found that a staple gun makes a tremendous seamstress and can repurpose old curtains.
Theatre is now constrained only by my own ambitions and imagination. It didn’t take long before I saw myself in the Globe.
An iam is the rhythm of the heart
Achingly it doth beat beyond the stage
What is life without dramatic arts
The show must triumph; beam beyond the cage.
2nd July 2020
In our last postcard from home this term, Anvesh explains that, whilst he misses friends and school life, he has enjoyed spending time with his family, learning recipes from his older sister and playing games with his parents.
29th June 2020
Struck by the terrible hardships facing vulnerable communities in his home city of Bangkok, Toh started making nutritious, tasty food to be delivered to those most in need. In an inspiring postcard, he explains how he's balanced his charity work with his school work.
18th June 2020
Tristan is finding new enjoyment in classically British pastimes and literature, as well as finding the increased independence required of online learning the perfect preparation for university.
15th June 2020
Volunteering in his local village and cycling for charity, Alfred is using his time away from school in a particularly inspiring way.
11th June 2020
Writing from Hong Kong, Seb is missing dorm life in his boarding house. He's working his way along the main island's walking trail, to escape his apartment whenever possible.
7th June 2020
Living through lockdown in Nigeria with his family, Tomiwa describes the all too familiar pattern of endless baking, eating and then realising the need to exercise intensely. He writes about how he's filling the time when he's not studying.