And Now We Tell Our Tale - 2015
Audience (including Parents and Teachers)
"I've been in and out and to see the complete transformation from just a script to a whole performance! I've really enjoyed it. And I personally have learned a lot about more Andover."
"I've been in Andover for 13 years but I didn't really know much about it or how people felt about it and it was really interesting to relate to it now with all the [housing] development that's going on."
"Well I thought it was really really good, I loved every minute of it. I knew it was about Andover and I'm actually from Andover so I can formally say I am an Andovarian and I was just really excited to look back at some of the history. My daughter is in the play. Last week they did a whole week of drama school and it was just brilliant. Such unique social interaction and it gave them something to do at half term! So he's thoroughly enjoyed it and she's been here with all her friends."
"It was brilliant I was so proud. You can really tell they've worked with a professional because it was just so much sharper, quicker and more energetic than your average school show, so they really benefited from that. And having a week to work on it intensively clearly payed off. I'm head of drama at Harrow Way School so I directed the year 11 kids. You know that you can tell them every year for 5 years have a bit of energy, be committed, and they won't listen until they hear it from a professional. And then they do it and I'm so proud."
"I really enjoyed it and the youngsters really enjoyed it. It made me feel a bit like history because I was chairman of the planning committee in the 1980s so I came half way through Andover's story which is when we were changing the flat rooves and it was really great to see the kids, it really touched me when they said 'Andover is our life, our future'. Really quite moving."
"I thought it was amazing. It was very interesting for me because some of my words were actually used in the play. My family was one of the original families that moved down to King Arthurs Way... but it's also interesting to see it from the other side and how scary it must have been for people to have their town developed so rapidly. It was kind of hard to think of it like that, in those terms, when we first moved here. It was really thought provoking and it also takes you to the next step of what we're to do with the town next because there was rapid development and then nothing. There's work to be done on the town centre and I think that kind of leads nicely into what people would like to do with their town.
It told the story beautifully I think."
"I think it was wonderful. It was a wonderful way to show Andover history, especially through the voices of young people. I was very impressed. I'm French and I've been in Andover for 17 years and really truly it was good for me as well to kind of know more about Andover because we live in Andover but don't know much about it so it was perfect. I hope we have more plays about Andover in future because Andover is a great place to be. I believe we are very fortunate to be here. "
From the young people
I like the singing. I learned Cricketers Way is a very old place even though I live there.
It was a lot of fun. It's always nice to have a big audience, and they all laughed which is good.
I came in going: 'Are we doing something about Andover? Oh Andover! Nothings happening in Andover!' Then going through it you find and learn so much, and we've had quite a big history I didn't even know existed, so that was quite cool. My favourite part was doing the filming work Mark McGann. He is such a work horse. It was brilliant, he's so fun to work with.
I liked acting and overemphasising everything.
I just generally like drama and I think John is very good and nice. I like that the performance gives people positive things to think about Andover.
"It's always fantastic working with the children, because you get energy, commitment and all those things you're worried they're not going to come up with, as soon as you put them in front of an audience they never let you down. Always proud, really moving, especially the song at the end. They were singing about Andover! It got the hairs on the back of my neck. I'll never thing about Andover quite the same way again. I didn't know much about the history, it's one of the beauties of the job, every single job requires research so you're just expanding knowledge all the time. Finding out a little bit more augments that enjoyment and appreciation."