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Visually stunning! A review of Whale at Paston College

Just Regional
Feb 12, 2015 2 mins read

As the title suggests, Paston Sixth Form College delivered a colossal performance, creating the icy Inuit lands with a play that had the works: drama, music, dance and footage of the whales themselves, incorporating all aspects of theatre into a singular show.

Based on the dilemma of three gray whales trapped under ice in Alaska, the plotline unfolds into an international collaboration in attempt to undo the cruelty humanity inflicted upon the species after whaling them to the brink of extinction.

The play commenced with the stunning visual of an all-in-white cast, unanimously creating music through their voices and bodies, guided only by The Raven, played by Dylan Rowe, whose amusing character and unmistakable ‘CAW!’s peppered the play with a warm charm amongst the ice. Not only ravens and whales made it to the stage, however, actors portrayed seals, polar bears Arctic fish and birds, all of which coincided with the balletic grace of the aquatic scenes: a pleasant interpretation of creatures not often considered to possess such elegance.

Ellie Cook, who played Sedna, the stunning mistress of the marine animals shone as she delivered every gesture with complete delicacy, her dance sequence with the Arctic Birds – Pheobe Hagan, Yasmin Macklin-Page, Melissa Bowling and Charlotte Ware a particular pleasure to watch.

However, by no accounts did the performance leave the audience in an awed silence – the welcomed injections of humor created a new dimension of entertainment.

Josh Duckmanton delivered a brilliant scene, playing the hard-working but pushover father of his admirably innocent daughter, Candy (played by Katie Thompson) and a group of enthused kids who ultimately convince him to spend their saved holiday money on freeing the whales – a touching moment, enforcing the kindness humans can offer amidst the cold-hearted whalers.

The cast of Whale certainly did not fail to provide the audience with an emotional performance, possibly the most tragic moment portrayed by Melissa Bowling, who assumed the role of K’nik, the whale calf who traumatically passed away: Melissa’s simplistic dance generating the bitter melancholy.
In all, Paston created a visually stunning and emotionally touching performance; a definite, mighty success.

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