On this special Wednesday night, the lucky Year 7s went on a very exciting trip to the Lowry Theatre to watch an excellent production of The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, lasting from 1 pm till 5pm! Sinking into the comfy, purple chairs, the audience watched intently, their eyes fixed on the wonderous show in front of them.
In case you were wondering, The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe is a fictional book written by C.S Lewis. It is the 2ndbook in the Narnia series, and it is set during the World War II bombings of London. Four English siblings are sent to a country house where they will be safe. One day, the youngest sibling, Lucy finds a wardrobe that transports her to a magical world called Narnia. After coming back, she soon returns to Narnia with her brothers, Peter and Edmund, and her sister, Susan. There they join the magical lion, Aslan, in the fight against the evil White Witch, Jadis. Alongside all of the fantasy and magic, there is also death and betrayal. The story of The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe also teaches us an important lesson of forgiving people, even if they have committed terrible sins. In the story, Edmund is willing to betray his own family in exchange for the promise of power. Peter, Susan, and Lucy reveal the symbol of forgiveness in their decision to love him despite his actions. Aslan supports this theme when he asks the children to never speak of Edmund’s betrayal again. It shows how we all make mistakes sometimes, and those mistakes can be forgiven through pure intentions and the feeling of guilt.
The theatre’s take on this story was incredibly accurate, and it is unbelievable how they managed to include almost all the scenes from the book! One minute people are flying, another minute fires are lit, another minute it starts snowing, and a favourite of all the audience, was when the White Witch extended to a really tall height, and she suddenly dropped down! The lights went off at that exact moment, signalling the beginning of the interval.
Throughout the whole show, there were expressive songs and people played a range of different instruments right before our eyes! The characters were dressed in very detailed costumes and they had very realistic props; it was as if they were the real characters!
Everybody had heaps of fun at the theatre! The audience produced many different expressions at the end of the show…
‘’I really enjoyed the transitions and I think it was very well executed. ‘’
‘’I had a great time and it felt truly magical, this play never allowed me to not smile.’’
Written by Zaynab K, Y7