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Karen Smith

As the country moved into a second lockdown, the Canford Drama department felt hugely privileged to be able to stage its first production of the year in The Layard Theatre last week. Three socially distanced audiences enjoyed Enda Walsh’s “Chatroom”, a chilling, blackly comic tale of manipulation, cyber bullying and adolescent insecurity.

Canford’s new Head of Drama, Ricki Jackson was delighted to see the Layard stage come to life:

“With an opening stage direction of “six chairs, 2 metres apart”, this was the perfect play for the times we live in and the cast of six, made up of Fourth and Fifth Form showed a huge amount of talent and maturity as they brought this powerful depiction of modern-day isolation and the dangerous power of technology to life.  Although we are limited by what we can stage at the present time the Drama department is busy rehearsing  in a safe but creative environment and we are preparing for a number of productions that will be staged in the coming months including “Be my Baby” and “Black Comedy”. This week we have the GCSE and A Level devised pieces and at the end of term our home grown Panto will be performed and live streamed from the theatre.

With theatres around the country closed we know how lucky we are to be able to continue to create and share our work here in The Layard Theatre.”

Many thanks to SFL teacher Jane Skellett for reviewing the production: Chatroom - A Review

Photographs from the production are available via the link below:


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