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2009 CRAWLEY ROCK CHALLENGE RESULTS
2009 BE YOUR BEST ROCK CHALLENGE®
The Hawth, Crawley - Friday, February 27th, 2009

DAVISON HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS, Worthing, West Sussex (showcasing Premier Division School): awards to follow

DURRINGTON HIGH SCHOOL, Worthing, West Sussex: the Sussex Police Award for Best Hair and Make-Up, the Sussex Police Award for Best Drama Skills, and overall FIRST PLACE

THE FOREST SCHOOL, Horsham, West Sussex (NEW SCHOOL): the Be Your Best Foundation Award for Best Stage Crew, the West Sussex County Council Performers' Choice Award, and the West Sussex Drug and Alcohol Action Team Award for Achievement in Drug Awareness

MILLAIS SCHOOL, Horsham, West Sussex: the Global Rock Challenge Award for Concept Originality, the West Sussex Strategic Community Safety Partnership Award for Best Choreography, the West Sussex Strategic Community Safety Partnership Award for Spirit of Rock Challenge, and overall SECOND PLACE

OATHALL COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Haywards Heath, West Sussex: the Visions Unlimited Award for Best Video Performance, the Sussex Police Award for Best Performance Skill, the Award for Student Leadership, the Award for Media Management, the Award for School Community Support the Award for Healthy Lifestyle, and the Award for Cultural and Educational Achievement

ORIEL HIGH SCHOOL, Crawley, West Sussex: the West Sussex Healthy Schools Award for Most Entertaining Performance

QUEEN ELIZABETH II SILVER JUBILEE SCHOOL, Horsham, West Sussex: the West Sussex Healthy Schools Award for Best Set Design and Staging

TANBRIDGE HOUSE SCHOOL, Horsham, West Sussex (NEW SCHOOL): the West Sussex County Council Award for Best Costume Design

WORTHING COLLEGE, Worthing, West Sussex (NEW SCHOOL): the West Sussex Strategic Community Safety Partnership Award for Best Soundtrack, the Ansvar Insurance Award for Concept Interpretation, the Tega Award for Best Lighting Design, and overall THIRD PLACE


THEMES

DURRINGTON HIGH SCHOOL, Worthing, West Sussex
"Caged, bound and restricted"

    The demise from normality to perceived madness, focussing on Louis Wain a 20th century artist, committed to a mental hospital for his strange behaviour. Has society progressed since the days of lunatic asylums or are people's views, beliefs and behaviour still caged, bound and restricted ?

MILLAIS SCHOOL, Horsham, West Sussex
"Bitten and Bled"

    Malaria is one of the world's biggest killers. 90% of malaria-related deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa - 2 deaths per minute. Our dance portrays the melancholy and unacceptable fact that generations are dying because medication and mosquito nets are arriving too late to save the victims. To this day people still suffer mosquitoes, biting, sickness, suffering, help, death, and survival.

OATHALL COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Haywards Heath, West Sussex
"Operation Pied Piper"

    September 1939. Nearly 3 million people were evacuated from cities in danger from enemy bombs to safety in the countryside. Most were school children, labelled like luggage, unaware of where they were going or when they would return. Facing the trauma of separation the Nation was urged by Churchill to unite and strive towards victory, 'whatever the cost may be'.

ORIEL HIGH SCHOOL, Crawley, West Sussex
"Origins"

    The Fish swam out of the ocean, grew legs and they started walking. The Apes climbed down from the trees, grew tall and started talking. 2009 is the 200th & 150th Anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth and book 'The Origin of Species'. Our dance how one man believed we became the way we are!

QUEEN ELIZABETH II SILVER JUBILEE SCHOOL, Horsham, West Sussex
"Your World, Your Choice"

    Re-cycling is the whole school project at QEII School this term. Through highlighting the 3Rs, "Reduce, Re-Use, Re-Cycle", we have been able to increase understanding of how each and every one of us can make a difference to the world and its future.

TANBRIDGE HOUSE SCHOOL, Horsham, West Sussex
"Tessera"

    Our piece explores the four classical Greek elements and how they explain patterns in nature. Each element has its own characteristics. Whilst all can co-exist in harmony, our piece questions the outcome of a shift in power when one attempts to become more dominant. What will be left when this fight for supremacy ends?

THE FOREST SCHOOL, Horsham, West Sussex
"Man or Machines ?"

    This is the first year that The Forest School has entered Rock Challenge®. Our entry is titled ?Man or Machines? With ever increasing ?controls? over our lives and more and more legislation are we being conditioned to become robots in a brave new world? We look into a future where humans are fighting against the robots to save their individuality.

WORTHING COLLEGE, Worthing, West Sussex
"Lines Divide, Hope Unites"

    Our dance is based on the book "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas". It?s a tale of hope and friendship in the face of unspeakable and inhuman horror. The dance is in three main sections beginning with a harmonious Germany. The second illustrates the disintegration of society. Lastly we show the meeting and bond between two friends who face death together.

DAVISON HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS, Worthing, West Sussex (Premier Showcasing Team)
"The Impossibility of Forgetting"

    Kathe Kollwitz had a long talk with her son when he decided to volunteer for the war. She gave him her blessing and then regretted it for the rest of her life. The news of his death came late in 1914 and of course the devastation of that loss was something that she, as an artist, tried to translate into her art.

THE CREW

    David Beal (Stage Manager), Anthony (Ant) Sweetman (Assistant Stage Manager), Keith Martin (Assistant Stage Manager), Tim Macfarlane (Event Manager), Stuart MacGregor (Community Development Manager), and Zoie Golding (UKRC Producer);
    From The Hawth Theatre: Chris Wilcox (Lx), Pete Codrington and Rob Armstrong (followspots);
    From Tega: Ed Coupland (Fx) and Graham Roberts;
    From Visions Unlimited: Rob Morphew (mix) and Tracy Dart (camera);
    Volunteers: Lily Gathercole, Wendy and John

    Presenter: Mark Wickham