BRILLIANT BILLY ELLIOT AWES THE AUDIENCE
Students at Manchester High once again pulled out all the stops to make the annual School play such a successful show on 21st and 22nd of November.
The girls performed Billy Elliot, the musical, to a fantastic level, and convincingly told the story of a plucky boy who trades boxing gloves for ballet shoes.
The plot of Billy Elliot revolves around the eponymous character; his personal struggle and fulfilment are balanced against a counter-story of family and community strife caused by the UK-wide 1984-1985 miners’ strike.
Of the girls’ performances, Mrs Haves, Head of the Drama Department, commented: “Our students were so professional and enthusiastic throughout the whole process. Natasha Oldbury as Billy was a joy to watch as she combined her amazing dance with a beautiful singing voice and an accurate Geordie accent!
“Mia Serracino-Inglott played Mrs Wilkinson, the sarcastic dance teacher with a big heart. She made this her own, playing the character with sharp wit and wonderful timing; a real tour the force. Amelia Fleming and Alicia Kalra teamed up as Billy’s father, Jackie, and brother, Tony. Alongside George, played fantastically by Eloise Jenness, they portrayed Jackie and Tony’s stresses and strains of the strike beautifully.
“Emily O’Brien was cast as Billy’s Grandma who the whole audience fell in love with, not to mention India Agravat, whose performance as Billy’s mother was very moving. Shaniya Hira and Michelle Ameh brought a wicked sense of fun to the ballet lessons as Debbie and Mr Braithewaite, the long-suffering piano player. Emily Bold’s beautiful portrayal of Michael brought the house down as he and Billy ‘Express Themselves’ via the power of women’s clothes and tap shoes.”
Mrs Haves concluded:
“The whole cast have been wonderful to work with, giving us a true depiction of the hardship in Britain during the early 1980s. Well done to all involved; as ever, I’m extremely proud of each one of them.”