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Kingsbury High School’s production, Lest We Forget, took place on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th March, with a special performance for invited guests on Tuesday 25th March. Lest We Forget is a short piece of drama commemorating the one hundredth anniversary of the start of the First World War.
The cast was made up of nine Sixth Form students re-enacting war time scenes with, as a stark contrast, song and dance interludes performed by students in years 7 and 8.
School Governor and active member of the community, Valerie Pope, invited senior citizens from the local area to the performance and said “If you could have been there, your heart would have been moved because, especially when they [the performers] sang the songs and did the dancing a lot of the senior citizens joined in and you could see tears in their eyes because a lot of them actually had parents or grandparents who had been in the First World War.
The dancing, the acting and the singing was outstanding; the students were like professionals. It was so real, it made you realise what it must have been like for people living in those days.”
Kingsbury High School Cover Coach and Director of the play, Clare Reavy said “Lest We Forget is a unique piece of theatre commemorating both the soldiers of the First World War and the loved-ones that they left behind. The work is a montage of characters, stories and experiences which honours our ancestors’ bravery during this difficult time. We will remember them.”
Lest We Forget raised £450 and all proceeds were donated to The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
Tony Walton, Chairman of The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal for Wembley and Sudbury, attended the showing for invited guests and said “I thought the show was terrific, the performers were word perfect and it brings home to people exactly what was behind the First World War.
The money the school has raised will go into the British Legion fund and there are over 10 million people that are eligible for help; service people, ex-service people, their dependants; whether it is financial, social or emotional help. There are so many ways the money will help.”
Other invited audience members included residents from Roe Green Village, the Veteran’s Club, Harrod Court housing with care, The Willows care home, members of the Holy Innocents Church and the Church of the Ascension and several ex-members of staff.