What A Workhouse Wonder!

2018 sees our Drama Department deliver another outstanding performance

Last week, Hellesdon High School opened its doors to welcome the public to their production of Lionel Bart’s ‘Oliver!’, including timeless songs like ‘Food, Glorious Food’, ‘I’d do Anything’ and ‘Consider Yourself’.

The cast was made up of Hellesdon High School’s hard-working drama students (aged 11-18) who delivered an excellent performance on each of the 3 nights.


The character of Oliver was played by Shane Davenport (aged 12), who followed in the footsteps of his brother Ryan Davenport, who played Oliver 7 years ago…

Mrs Davenport “I am very proud of Shane as I know he worked so hard to perfect his role and he performed extremely well throughout the week. I want to say a huge thank you to the Performing Arts department for giving him the opportunity.”

This year’s cast also featured a special guest star, Tiggi – a Red Setter who took time out of her day job as a Pets as Therapy dog to play the part of Bull’s Eye.

Tiggi’s owner, Janie, has told us how Tiggi is struggling with the post-production blues now that it’s all over and she is missing all the attention received from the students – “I think she really misses all the excitement and adulation… It was just like being surrounded by the paparazzi, Tiggi was in her element”.


For many leading cast members, this will be their last production at Hellesdon High, as they progress onto higher education.

We say goodbye to Bethany Grimshaw who has played a role in the last 7 years of school productions, including Nancy this year.

“What a final show to finish on. As per usual, it has been an incredible few months working with this cast, creating an amazing show…. Performing musicals at HHS has been my greatest highlights of my time there.”

We also say goodbye to Ethan Kemp-Walker, whose representation of Mr Bumble was highly amusing… “This being my last show at HHS, it’s been so special. You guys have made my life and school life such a better place.”

The school are very grateful to have had such dedicated and talented students contribute to our school productions. We would like to thank Bethany and Ethan for all their hard work over the years, along with Megan & Robyn Woodhouse and Molly Thompson.

Miss Stanley, Head of Performing Arts at Hellesdon High, says “I am really proud of the students who all worked very hard! It was so lovely to see the wider school community pull together to make it all happen”.

Mr Earl & Mr Rolfe, School Principals said “A huge thank you goes to the Performing Arts department for the superb show. You would be hard-pressed to find a more professional school show with such wonderful characters, so excellently played. Of course, these things don’t just happen but require commitment, dedication and indeed the raw talent – So well done to everyone involved!”

“The performance sums up Hellesdon High School – Ambitious, high quality, inclusive and above all about, by and for the children.” – Mr Batty, CEO of the Wensum Trust.

All black & white photographs taken by Maddie Burge (Y12), and all colour photographs taken by Lydia Karpathiou (Y12)

21 March 2018
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