Students put on stunning drama performances when Rye College presented Teenage Kicks, an evening of drama, at The Milligan Theatre recently.

The extracts, scenes and short plays from contemporary theatre explored issues such as bullying, exam pressure and teenage relationships. Ticket sales raised £150 for the charity Young Minds, the voice for young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Year 9 students opened the evening with focus and confidence as they presented an ensemble piece inspired by a play by David Calcutt. Extracts from The Exam by Andy Hamilton, Mugged and Shut Up by Andrew Payne were performed with skill and polish by year 10 students who entertained the audience with comic characterisations and recognisable dramatic situations.

The cast of After Juliet, a play set after the deaths of Romeo and Juliet by Sharman Macdonald, were awarded excellent grades by the visiting moderator for demonstrating accomplished acting skills. To conclude the evening year 11 students gave an extremely professional performance of the challenging play Chatroom by Enda Walsh, with students Felix Allsopp, Annie Valle, Grace Benton and Joe Levett all gaining A* grades.

Drama teacher Sarah Wall would like to congratulate all the performers along with the performing arts students who took on front of house, backstage and technical roles supervised by Simon Potter.