Language no barrier to laughs as Year 9 relish German humour

A comedy performed in German explored the fraught question of whether a friendship would survive a camping trip.

The play, performed by visiting specialist theatre group Onatti Productions, provided plenty of mirth for the audience of Year 9 pupils as the German campers, Jürgen and Sophie, thrashed out their difficulties in Auf dem Campingplatz (At the Campsite).

Not only were the boys engrossed in the action, but some were invited to take part in the play, thus putting their German skills to good use.

""It was the fourth year that the Gloucestershire-based troupe have visited QE. The company produces plays in French, Spanish, German and English for pupils who are studying languages. Its actors are all native speakers. Before a visit, schools are sent a vocabulary list and part of the play script.

QE’s Head of Languages, Chris Kidd, said: “This was an excellent opportunity for our boys to put to use what they have learnt in the classroom. Once again, the theatre company was impressed by how well our students participated and their high level of understanding.”