Students live ‘dream’

Cast of "The American Dream" being staged by year 10 and 11 students at Shotton Hall School. From Left to right the cast members are Rachel Hunt, Aidan Nord, Rebecca Bainton and Ryan Gleave. Also appearing but not pictured is Ashleigh Whittle.

Cast of "The American Dream" being staged by year 10 and 11 students at Shotton Hall School. From Left to right the cast members are Rachel Hunt, Aidan Nord, Rebecca Bainton and Ryan Gleave. Also appearing but not pictured is Ashleigh Whittle.

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TALENTED students wowed audiences with their version of a play about life in the USA.

Year 11 students from Shotton Hall Secondary School, in Peterlee, put on a show called The American Dream.

The performance was the first to be staged in the school’s new theatre, built as part of a revamp under the multi-million-pound Building Schools for the Future scheme.

The production was based on American playwright Edward Albee’s play, which is described as “an examination of the American scene, an attack on the substitution of artificial for real values, a condemnation of complacency, cruelty, emasculation and a stand against the fiction that everything in this slipping land of ours is peachy-keen”.

The play was written in 1960 as an attack on materialism and is a dark satire based on American family life.

The cast included Aiden Nord, Rachel Hunt, Ryan Glease, Rebecca Bainton and Ashliegh Whittle, with Ian Hope as assistant director.

Kathryn Harrap, the school’s community arts co-ordinator, said: “The cast performed to full houses each night and received high acclaim from their audiences.

“The cast worked well and understood the ‘absurdity’ of the play.

“The text was challenging and the whole cast gave a degree standard performance.”