2013 and prior
Panto season started early at the Secombe Theatre with the Action Replay Drama Group's 70's disco-inspired take on this classic tale. Bringing together a community ensemble with backstage support from Bloomin'Arts and a special appearance from Carew Manor's Bellsangels, this sell-out event was a wonderful start to the festive season.
Using Trestle Theatre's Intermediate Mask Set and working alongside artists from STOMP, the Wandle Boys delighted audiences with their devised showcase.
“Brilliant! Thank you so much for your support and hard work, the event has given the whole school a much needed boost of confidence and feelings of team spirit etc at the end of a hard year. It was more than just a drama performance.”
Strictly 'Greased Lightening'
It's 50's cool with a twist! Recently performed by the Action replay drama group as part of Sutton Mencap’s annual 'Strictly Dance' event, this brand-new show, inspired by the characters of GREASE, raced its way round the Secombe Theatre and (a very muddy) Guilfest!
Pupils and staff from Wandle Valley school performed together to bring their unique take on the traditional story to life!
Baron Hard-Up, the Evil Stepmother and CinderFella were joined onstage by a host of original characters including the Fairy Goodfellas, Simon Cowell and Terry the Farting Horse!
An amazing event !!
Summer Masterclass Event
Local teenagers and members of the Equally Diverse Training Scheme worked with industry professionals on mask and physical theatre and stage combat techniques.
Cowboy Gangsters ...
A fun evening showcasing the work of SAVVY Theatre Company over the past year with performances including 'Ripples In The Water' direct from the Surrey Youth Drama Festival, an original Gangster Whodunnit (part scripted/part improvised) from the Wandle Boys Drama Group and 'Coke Floats & Chemo' direct from the Brighton Fringe – based on the internationally acclaimed blog by Yvonne Newbold.
The Surrey Youth Drama Festival
The SAVVY Young Company took part again this year with a brand new show performed at the Ivy Arts Centre, Guildford - originally devised in conjunction with the Action Replay Drama Group.
"If our actions ripple out like dropping a stone in the water, what effect would going back in time have? This is a light-hearted look at that very question, involving a scientist, a time machine and a thief – as well as a host of other recognisable characters! Can (and should) you change history, or would it just be a good opportunity to teach some very annoying people a very good lesson?!"
The Wandle Valley drama boys devised the story, developed their characters, made the props, studied professional fight direction and story-boarded their scenes to create a short film set inside a pirate ship ... there was even a thieving parrot on board!
We Lost Elijah
The SAVVY Young Company once again took part in the National Theatre's Connections Festival. Their production of “We Lost Elijah” by Ryan Craig was performed at both the Charles Cryer Studio Theatre and the Capitol Theatre, Horsham.
8-Week Acting Course
This year’s course was led by John McGraw who's guest appearance at last year's workshops produced some wonderfully inspired work.
This year the Acting Company explored technical aspects of comedy and drama - their similarities, their rhythms and the fun in combining the two when performing long-form impro!
The Action Replay Drama Group once again devised a brand new piece for Sutton Mencap’s annual 'Strictly Dance' event at the Secombe Theatre. The show was later re-invented by the SAVVY Young Company and performed at the Ivy Arts Centre, Guildford.
"A time machine is stolen and the evil scientist who stole it reeks havoc in Sutton High Street, sending people back to the past to teach them a lesson or change the course history!"