Eerie, frightening and strange – boys rise to a to sci-fi Drama challenge

The Inter-House Drama competition was a keenly fought affair as five of QE’s six Houses each produced their own take on a science fiction-themed brief.

For this year’s competition, Harrisons’, Leicester, Pearce, Stapylton and Underne each prepared a short devised piece of Drama based on the stimulus of the first paragraph from H G Wells’ War of the Worlds. “The audience were treated to an entertaining, funny, sometimes scary, but very inventive series of plays,” said Elaine White, QE’s Drama Co-ordinator. “We witnessed eerie aliens brought to life, parallel universes, a frightening alien-possessed genius and an American diner with strange inhabitants.”

""“Pearce finally won with a play that had both sound and lighting effects, an evil despicable twin, secret agents, the Queen and even Barack Obama! The standard of the plays was a tribute to the boys’ Year 10 mentors who ensured that the bar was raised for this year’s competition,” she added.

Below is the full list of Awards:

Best Performance: Pearce (Directors; Paavan Sawjani, Timur Salih)

Highly commended: Stapylton (Directors; Ryan Shah, Hersh Kataria, Akash Ruparelia)

Best Interpretation of Stimulus: Leicester (Director; Sahil Handa)

Highly Commended: Zain Danish/Stapylton

Best Actor: Mark Thomas/Pearce

Highly Commended: Keenan Dieobi/Underne

Best Supporting Actor: Jasihan Kanthithas/Stapylton

Highly Commended: Asad Shah/Leicester

Best Direction: Pearce

Highly Commended: Leicester

Best Team Effort: Harrisons’  

Highly Commended: Underne