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ACS Cobham drama group perform 'The Legend of Heywood House'

Published Wednesday 9th of January 2013 12:01:26 PM

Over forty drama students, aged 13, from ACS Cobham International School celebrated the 'Legend of Heywood House', on whose historic grounds ACS Cobham sits, with a unique promenade performance for the local community.

The promenade performance was devised, scripted and directed by ACS Cobham students as part of their drama curriculum and highlighted the historical importance of Heywood House in the local area. The audience followed the cast around Heywood House, a traditional element of promenade performance, as they described and portrayed spooky tales about the Manor.

The students, as part of their assignment, were asked to develop their own myth, legend or ghost story based upon the historical facts they had discovered about Heywood House.

As the cast explained, the earliest mention of Heywood Manor reaches as far back as 1206 when it was the home to Heiwude family. The Manor has also seen royalty, as Queen Victoria often visited her uncle, the owner, Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg at the house, and Heywood's grounds were used during the WWII war effort to grow wheat.

The performance by the ACS Cobham drama group was also a great opportunity for parents, pupils, staff and other members of the local community to learn about the history of ACS Cobham as well as its historical home.

Amanda Leigh Damms, Middle School Drama Teacher at ACS Cobham commented:

'We really wanted to immerse the students in the local history of our area as well as the school. We felt it was important for students to feel connected and fully engaged with their surrounding area; as an international school, we find it is particularly important to provide extra support for students to help them integrate into the local community and the drama project provided a perfect opportunity.

Sarah Palette, Drama Teacher at ACS Cobham also added:

'We often encourage students to take their learning outside the classroom to engage in their local surroundings. The promenade theatre performance provided an excellent platform for drama students to interact with the history of our school buildings in a fun way, whilst sharing their knowledge with the local community.'
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