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Springwood High School students perform play The It about mental health issues





A teenager with something mysterious growing inside her was the tragi-comic subject of a production staged by drama club students at a West Norfolk school.

The students at Springwood High School performed a play using a scenario to examine mental health issues in young people.

Entitled The It, the playwright Vivienne Franzmann tells the story of a girl who believes that she is inhabited by an unknown creature that is trying to break free.

The It was performed by Springwood High School students
The It was performed by Springwood High School students

The 26 cast members from Years 9 and 10 are members of the school’s Kinetic Theatre group.

Alun Bliss, who runs Kinetic Theatre and directed the production, said: “The play is now an examination text and was therefore performed by students studying it at GCSE.

“The majority of the cast were drawn from Year 10, with a few Year 9 students also taking roles in what was an ensemble performance.

Cast members are members of the school’s Kinetic Theatre group
Cast members are members of the school’s Kinetic Theatre group

“The play was originally performed at the National Theatre as part of the Connections Festival, and is aimed at young people and young audiences.

"The play centres upon a young girl who is convinced she has an animal growing inside her. Fuelled by events in her life and how she tries to cope with the outside world, the short play is thought-provoking and explores adolescent mental health and the rage within.”

The play ran for two consecutive nights in the drama studio, with students providing the artwork that formed a backdrop to the performance, as well as working on the technical side of the production.

The play is by Vivienne Franzmann
The play is by Vivienne Franzmann

A teenager with something mysterious growing inside her was the tragi-comic subject of a production staged by drama club students at a West Norfolk school.

Entitled The IT, the play by Vivienne Franzmann tells the story of a girl who believes that she is inhabited by an unknown creature that is trying to break free.

The play explored the subject of mental health in young people
The play explored the subject of mental health in young people

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