There is a spring term school play at Alderman White School and Language College featuring students from the local primary schools and students from Alderman White.
The play is called ‘Once On an Arabian Night’ and is written and directed by Geoff Liptrot. The show is also contributed to by Mr Karsten Stephan and Cameron Wedgeworth. The production will be shown to the parents / guardians of the actors on Thursday 16th March, Friday 17th March, and Saturday 18th March 2017 in the main hall. The production takes place to persuade students to act and to increase their acting skills. The Alderman White school production has taken place since 1985 and may continue on for many years to come.
The play is set in the 1800s during the reign of Queen Victoria and is about a group of Englander children landing on a mythical Arabic island called Pashtan after their boat crashed into the reef surrounding said island. Raheem, Sultan of Pashtan, listens to stories about the Englander children’s adventures around the island told by his youngest (and most favoured) daughter, Fatima.
Fatima tells the stories to stop her father from sending the children out in a boat to the sea, whilst their parents try to find them. The stories include a jeweller trying to trick four children into buying nothing, therefore increasing her wealth, and the children getting back at her, and another story is about four different children making a tajine (stew) from a button.
Two students from Alderman White who are actors in the play have reported:
“I am really enjoying the play as it is fun for people who like acting.”
“I only like the play a bit because I only enjoy the songs and I don’t have a lot to say.”