Students deliver stunning Rock Challenge performance!
After winning first place at the Rock Challenge regional competition in Bournemouth in February, one hundred Gryphon students headed to the Southern Open Finals this week to compete again with their captivating performance.
The Open Final saw 11 previously successful schools from all over the South of England showcase their 8-minute performances on their chosen theme at The Guildhall in Portsmouth. The Gryphon piece entitled ‘Fukushima 11.3’ explored the devastating tsunami that hit North Eastern Japan on 11th March 2011. The performance not only represented the tsunami but to also portrayed the destruction of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant which caused a radiation leak.
The whole production was student-led, with Sixth Formers Matthew Stokes and Georgia Holder choreographing the performance, managing rehearsals, choosing the soundtrack and creating ideas for the set and costumes. Since winning the regional round students worked hard to expand on the set and added trickier choreography and gymnastic elements in preparation for the final competition.
The Gryphon Rock Challenge team performed exceptionally and as a result was awarded overall 4th place as well as nine individual awards of excellence in: Set Design and Function, Concept, Entertainment, Drama, Lighting, Stage Crew, Video, Costuming and Character, as well as Cultural and Educational Achievement.
Holly Young, Head of Drama said “This performance proved how hard our students had worked to produce such a magnificent and captivating performance and we are so proud of every individual that took part”.
Headteacher Nicki Edwards said “The whole Rock Challenge team are a credit to the school – a fantastic example of teamwork and commitment. We are grateful for the support of staff and parents in enabling our talented young people to shine”.