Students were excited to meet and chat with David Wood OBE about his play, The See-Saw Tree. Although David is well known as an adapter of children’s books for the stage, including eight of Roald Dahl’s classics, The See-Saw Tree is an original story.
Mr Chambers, Head of Drama Productions says: “David met with many of the cast of The See-Saw Tree on Tuesday 24 May, after school, and talked energetically about his career, including tips on acting and playwriting and a discussion of wider themes, such as the purpose of theatre and the changes in the approach to writing for children over the last fifty years.
“Students asked many questions to which he gave expansive responses, peppering his answers with examples from his long career as a playwright. He also led a conversation on environmentalism and how, though this play was written in 1987, the themes it covers are still so relevant today.
“As his play was written initially for a cast of eight actors, he was intrigued by the idea of our attempts to increase the cast to include 40 students and plans to come and see our attempts to make his play work in this slightly different way.
“The choice to produce The See-Saw Tree has coincided with the release of a new hardback storybook of The See-Saw Tree, with illustrations by Joanna Padfield – which some members of the cast were pleased to have signed by David after the talk.”
With many thanks to David for his time.
Tickets for The See-Saw Tree are now available here.
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