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Where Have all the Flowers Gone – Sag mir, wo die Blumen Sind – Que sont devenues les fleurs (TRAILER 2018)
SCHOOLCHILDREN from a trio of nations will join forces for the finale of a touring show. Bay House School in Gosport is gearing up to host the final two outings of the production Where Have All the Flowers Gone? Featuring pupils from Lille in France, Garmisch-Partikinger in Germany and Bay House School, the performance has already wowed audiences at a host of prestigious locations – including the National Theatre of Bavaria, in Munich. It is centred around a theme of the First World War – as this year marks the centenary of the conflict’s 1918 conclusion – and focuses on the question ‘why wasn’t it the war to end all wars?’. As he prepares to welcome the touring show’s finale in Bay House’s Main Hall tonight and tomorrow afternoon, executive headteacher Ian Potter said: ‘We are delighted and excited to have been part of this ambitious and significant project. ‘I feel privileged to have seen first-hand how the camaraderie has developed between the youngsters from the three schools. They have made friends for life. ‘Apart from their standing ovation in Germany at the premiere, the moment that stands out for me was the touching scene of youngsters from all three nations cleaning the graves of the soldiers in the cemeteries of France. ‘I could not have been more proud of them all.’ The show was pulled together in 2016, off the back of its would-be company’s visit to a number of First World War sites and museums. It has been helped by funding from Erasmus and the EU, with additional sponsorship from Luckett’s and the Rotary Club.
The exhibition „14-18 – in the middle of Europe“ was presented in the Werdenfels-Gymnasium from October 4th 2016 to October 18th 2016. It was the VdK – the German wargraves commission – that offered the opportunity to show this really interesting and fascinating view on the First World War. Pupils and local public had the possibility to get informed about different aspects such as the beginning of the war, warfare, political and social implications and results until today.
The Erasmus+ group of our school was responsible for the official opening of the exhibition und gave proof of their different talents – they played violin and piano, presented short scenes and war poems as could be seen in the newspaper article below.
For the ERASMUS+ -project there were much more applicants than places so for this reason the professionals from the „Residenztheater“ prepared a theatre workshop to create the best team for the next two years.
The workshop lasted two days and the focus was on acting, dancing, showing self-confidence and teambuilding.
We started with some nice games to know each other better and afterwards we had to present ourselves with reflections about the First World War. At the end of this first day we got the task to make a short presentation for the second day (2 minutes!) to show what is important for us.
At the beginning of the second day we started with some warm-ups, which were relatively complex and then we had to present different emotions by telling always the same phrase. Happiness, hate, anger, rage etc. Then we had to show our feelings and emotions by getting good or bad news and the task was to put oneself in the position of someone.
The next step was really a big challenge for us: dancing. Most of us thought that this part of the workshop would be an awkward one, but afterwards we were very surprised about the results. First of all we had to follow a single act, then we danced in little teams and in the end we acted with the whole group. The focus on this exercise was not to dance technically correct, we had to show emotions and expression was very important. And in the end it wasn’t awkward at all, on the contrary it was great fun.
Finally it was the time to present our „homework“, a short act to impress ourselves and the students showed a huge variety of acting, card tricks, lyrics, singing etc.
After the workshop was over we were all exhausted but happy!! It was real fun and a unique experience for all of us.
Antonia Eisenreich, Werdenfels-Gymnasium