On 15th May, Year 10 GCSE Drama students visited The Spotlight Theatre in Hoddesdon to see the acclaimed 60th anniversary production of Joan Littlewoods anti war play Oh! What A Lovely War by the renowned Blackeyed Theatre company

A cornerstone of modern musical theatre and one of the very greatest stage satires, Oh What A Lovely War is an extraordinary theatrical journey bringing to life the folly, farce and tragedy of the First World War.

Wildly satirical, visually stunning and deeply moving, it’s the musical that revolutionised modern theatre; an exhilarating, no-holds-barred assault on the military incompetence and inconceivable disregard for human life the First World War has come to represent.

Brimming with timeless songs, razor-sharp satire and high jinks, Oh What A Lovely War is a hilarious, heart-breaking snapshot of life for those caught in the crossfire of conflict, a unanimous voice from the trenches and a timely warning from the theatre of war itself. Now, more than ever, it holds a mirror up to the world and speaks to us all.

Students were suitably impressed with the strong ensemble performances from a company of six who interchanged characters with ease and all played multiple instruments as well as acting and told the story beautifully.

The Year 10 boys team travelled to Robert Barclay for their next district league cup fixture. To progress in to the next round the, Year 10 boys needed a win against their opponents. The game started at a very intense pace and both teams struggled to maintain the ball in the early exchanges. Fouls in and around the 18 yard box would eventually be the un-doing of the St Mary’s side, as Robert Barclay threatened at every set piece. A cross into the box saw the opposition striker head the ball into the net to put the opposition 1 goal ahead. St Mary’s responded well and a direct trough ball put Caleb and the keeper in a 50/50 dual. Caleb came out the successor, and despite taking heavy contact from the keeper managed to nod the ball in to even the score-line. Shortly after the beginning of the second half, Daniel cut inside from the left side and whipped the ball in to the far corner to put the team ahead. Robert Barclay committed players forward knowing that a draw would be enough to see them through to the next round. St Mary’s withstood a lot of pressure and the defensive line stood firm. A few forced substitutions led to disruption, and Robert Barclay managed to capitalize scoring a goal in the final few minutes of the game. A really high quality game played by both sides. The matchday official commented about how well the St Mary’s team had performed and gave a particular mention to Kaden who he felt was the best player on the pitch. A special mention to Elliott, who despite not being a goalkeeper, steps in every game and has impressed between the sticks.