War stories

Drama students from Fowey Community College recently joined their contemporaries from all over the county to perform Stories Behind 1914 at the Hall for Cornwall.

Dear Father by FCC Drama students

Dear Father by FCC Drama students

This was HFC’s fifth Cornwall Secondary Drama Showcase, offering students the opportunity to create with, and perform at, Hall for Cornwall. As importantly, it’s a chance to see the work of other talented students from Cornish schools.

This year’s theme was WW1, commemorating 100 years since the outbreak of war.

Photo by Sean Hurlock

Photo by Sean Hurlock

Every school interpreted the theme in their own way. The Fowey students’ piece, Dear Father, took inspiration from the poetry of Wilfred Owen and a letter written on Christmas Day 1914 from Second Lieutenant Trevor Bird to his dad.

Aiden in Year 10 said: “It was a really good experience although really scary – the stage is a lot bigger than you think. It was nice to see how the other schools had interpreted the theme and how talented everyone in Cornwall is.”

This was Year 10 student Philippa’s second year performing at the venue: “It felt we were discovering what the war really was as opposed to how the government of the time wanted us to see it,” she says.