Outstanding Talent Shines Through in Art Showcase Evening

 Once again the Annual Arts Showcase evening proved to be a great success.  It was an excellent platform to showcase the amazing talents of both Jack Hunt students and those from local primary schools.  The entertainment packed evening started with an extract of Macbeth from the Shakespeare in Schools Festival performance and continued with the Senior Choir, dance performances by BTEC students, a GCSE drama performance and the winning pieces from our recent WW1 Competition.  The audience also enjoyed dance and poetry performances from Thorpe and Fulbridge Primary Schools.

Children from Thorpe Primary School’s after-school Dance Club,  performed to ‘Waves’ by Mr Probus and for the Year 4 Performance Readers, this was their first outing and as part of the school’s Reading Revolution. The pupils recited a selection of poetry including ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’, ‘Kings Breakfast’ and ‘Little Jimmy’.

Mrs Tipping, who teaches Music and Drama said “We are very proud of our students’ performances, following this success we are planning for the readers to appear at this year’s Arundel Drama Festival.  Both the dancers and readers will be performing in assembly for the whole school after half term.  The children thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening.”

 The second half of the evening was dedicated to the Jack Hunt School Art Showcase Competition.  Students were encouraged to submit either a Drama, Dance, Music or Art piece to reflect the quote attributed to Einstein “The Definition of Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. Students submitted their entries to the individual Arts Departments and each category was shortlisted to three finalists.  Mrs Brace, Head of Drama and main organiser of the event said “We were very impressed with the high quality of the entries we received, it was a very difficult job selecting the finalists.  This evening is a fantastic opportunity for students to showcase their talents and culmination of a lot of hard work from both students and staff.”


All the competition artwork was displayed outside the Main Hall for guests to view on their way in and later they were treated to live performances and videos of the Music and Drama entries.  The quality of the finalists made it a very tough job for the judging panel including Dawn Birch-James from Art In The Heart who commented on the evening “I had the most wonderful time last night with my judge colleagues and seeing some ‘old’ faces. It was a lovely spectacle and there are clearly some promising artists in all the disciplines.”


After much deliberation the winners were selected:

The Art Category was won by Year 9 student Katie Prange who said “I really enjoy painting at home and had a painting in mind which I thought fitted the brief.  I was very surprised to win as the other two finalists were really good, it was the first time I had entered the showcase.  I also really enjoyed the primary school performances it helped to make the evening really enjoyable.”


The Dance Category was won by solo dancer Jessica Pedro, Year 11 who was inspired by the brief and wanted to reflect this in the dance style, saying “People think that when you are insane it is just a mental thing but it  can actually affect everything and I wanted to show this in the choreography of the dance along with the repetition of moves.  It was very nerve wracking as it is the first time I have done a solo performance at the Showcase but it was a great feeling when I finished and then won the category.”




The winners of the Drama Category were Sixth Form Theatre Study students James Wood, Richard Gudgeon and Darius ChlipalaTheir piece in the style of Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty, a method of theatre by which artists assault the senses to purge and reveal the inner human soul, followed a man’s desperate search for his wife (missing because he has murdered her), expecting to find her in everyone he meets. The students used masks to represent her image, placing them on audience members and then interacting with them. The search and the inability to find his wife gradually drives him insane. 

James Wood commented “We have been exploring this type of theatre in lesson, it is so interesting and different from normal theatre, and it gave us an opportunity that we don’t normally get to explore. We were inspired by the brief and obviously tempered the darkness of the performance to suit the audience”. Dariusz added "I really enjoyed the evening, it started with lots of different pieces.  It was really good to see the younger children perform, it was a great arena for them to show their talents and I think it was a good experience for the younger students."

 Year 10 student Darcy Murphy won the Music Category with her song ‘Remember’ for which she had written the music and lyrics.  She was also chosen by the Judging Panel as Overall Winner of the Arts Showcase for her amazing talent and performance.

Head of Music, Miss Hardy commented that Darcey “explored repetition to use the quote in her composition. Repetition was evident throughout the song through her use of structure, accompaniment, melody and lyrics. It had beautifully constructed melodic phrases in the chorus to enhance the overall musicality further.”

Darcy said “I was really nervous performing live but really enjoyed it.  I got shortlisted last year but didn’t expect to win anything this year.  I have only performed one of my compositions before in the Summer Concert.  Winning the Showcase has really boosted my confidence and encouraged me to go on and write more music.”

Many Thanks to the Panel of Judges:

·         Pamela Kilbey, Headteacher

·         Dawn Birch-James (MA Arts Market Appraisal) Executive Director Art in the Heart CIC

·         Di Goldsmith – Creative Director (ex Head of Dance)

·         Keely Mills – Performance Poet also involved in Eastern Angles Project

·         John Walmsley – ex Head of Music