On Thursday 8 May, all Year 8 students experienced the sensational production of ‘Standing in Line’ by Blaize Theatre Company accompanied by Lester Simpson.
The performance was designed to develop the students’ understanding of World War One, which is taught in the summer term of Year 8 at Driffield School and Sixth Form.
The production charted the life and death of Leicestershire soldier Albert Scrimshaw, who was Lester Simpson’s great uncle, and was told through the medium of a powerful narrative accompanied by contemporary verse, song and vivid imagery. Musical instruments as diverse as guitar, bagpipes, flute and violin accompanied the performance. As well as the traditional sources used to explain the War, such as poems by Sassoon, Kipling and Owen, the company performed their own songs and tributes to the Fallen.
The performance formed part of the History Department’s extended programme of events to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One. In June a party of students will visit France and Belgium as part of the annual History Department’s tour of the battlefield sites. Students will visit the Menin Gate and lay a wreath on behalf of the school.
This year, the centre of the wreath will be designed to include the traditional Royal British Legion crest and for the first time, a school based design. A competition will be held in the school to decide the winner.
Many thanks go to the Driffield School Association for funding the event.