by Lara Beale and Keely Burton
Rock Challenge is a national event inviting schools to experience the adrenaline of performance by creating an 8 minute piece of dance and drama based on a theme which they can perform in a professional theatre. Schools are judged on elements including their set design, costume, soundtrack, hair and make-up designs along with the choreography and performance of the piece.
One great thing about Durrington school is that everyone that auditions gets a part, no matter what standard you are, we even won the award for inclusion in the competition. Some schools are picky on who they choose, but not Durrington, everyone has a chance to shine in the show.
More than 80 of Durrington’s students participated in this annual event with many more students helping out with things like stage crew, costumes, hair & make up and much more! The whole school were very supportive and each and every person involved (including teachers) gave 110% into this fantastic rock challenge piece to make it the best it can possibly be.
Overall, Durrington High School earned an impressive fifth place in the 2017 Rock Challenge Southern Premier Final at Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday.
Students performed Barnbow Canaries, about an explosion at a munitions factory in 1916 that caused one of the UK’s largest loss of female life in World War One. They won the coveted award for positive inclusion plus an astonishing eight awards for excellence in choreography, performance skill, stage use, set design, costuming character, visual enhancement, entertainment and even lighting!