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Senior Production of 'Pink Mist' is sell-out success

Friday, 22 November 2019

Our 2019 Senior Production was Pink Mist, adapted for the stage by Owen Sheers. Performed over four nights in the School’s Winterflood theatre, this extraordinary play tells the story of three young Bristol teenagers who become soldiers in order to escape the drudgery and monotony of their young lives: drinking to forget in the Thekla bar, parking cars for a living in Europe’s biggest car park and facing a future with few prospects. Staying at home is not an option. Hads, Taff and Arthur leave willingly and hopefully for the rigours of military training and, eventually, for the realities of armed combat in Afghanistan.

In a devastating, relentless ninety-minute production, Pink Mist explores what happens next. It also looks at the terrible struggles of those left behind: Hads’ Mother, Arthur’s girlfriend and Taff’s wife and young son. How do the soldiers who make it home alive even begin to rebuild their lives back in Bristol?

Sheers’ lyrical work is based on interviews with ex-servicemen. It was a very bold, original choice of production but it was beautifully realised and profoundly moving. In particular the use of multimedia and music created an effective backdrop. With a technical team comprising only CLS pupils, this was a phenomenal achievement. The cast was exceptionally well-drilled; the fluidity and originality of Miss Dobson’s direction the pulse of the action and the engine of the evening. As the line “Who wants to play war?” echoes across the text and recurs as the lights come down, the audience is left to consider the terrible, avoidable consequences of “those three letters.” Yet Pink Mist is about much more than war. It is also a story about the strength of friendship and of family.

Congratulations to all involved. In March 2020 the Winterflood will be the stage for the annual Student Production so keep your eyes peeled. 

It was a very bold, original choice of production but it was beautifully realised and profoundly moving.
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