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History meets Drama with the Pendle Witch Trials

Students in Key Stage 3 History club celebrate a successful history theatrical performance on the ‘Pendle Witches’, which they performed in the school’s Drama Studio on the 17th January 2018.

It was a brilliant way to mark the beginning of the New Year in school, and showcase the talent of so many budding historians who have been committed to the club since its inception. History club was set up in October by Miss Bartle who introduced the students to the Pendle Witches of 1612. The students played games and created Fact Files. They decided to perform a mock Pendle witch trial to show other students in school what it was like to be involved, whether they were accusing someone or the accused victims themselves. Students were assigned roles and they all contributed to writing a script which culminated in this exceptional performance.

The students not only played an active role in the performance, many of them had written and produced diary entries where they described what it might have felt like to be accused of witchcraft in the 17th Century before being sentenced to death. Other students decided to create posters advertising the event, and tickets which were given out to students and staff in school so they could attend. It was a fantastic turn-out, almost every seat was filled in the Drama Studio, and money was raised which will be donated to the club’s chosen charity – Claire House Children’s Hospice.

Without these students’ dedication and commitment to attend rehearsals on a weekly basis, the show could not have been the success it was. Well done Key Stage Three History Club!