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      2013 UK ROCK CHALLENGE: SOUTHERN THEMES

      STEVENAGE DAY ONE THEMES

      HARLINGTON UPPER SCHOOL
      "It's a Jungle Out There...!"

        -In the hustle and bustle of 21st century life, society often argues that young people don't have the valuable life skills needed for the real world. Can these values be learnt more effectively from observing animal instincts in their natural habitats? School takes an unusual turn as teachers place six students in the jungle to explore that possibility…

      MARK RUTHERFORD SCHOOL
      "The Deleted Chapter"

        Every girl dreams of being a princess. In today's society the fairy tale doesn't always read as it does in the story books. Rapunzel is trapped in her tower by her violent partner, Sleeping Beauty is trapped in a drug-induced slumber and Cinderella is a registered carer. We realise that there are some chapters in life that aren't so magical.

      MONK'S WALK SCHOOL
      "Uprising"

        A totalitarian power governs the districts of Panem. As vengeance for a previous uprising, the twelve districts are forced to send two youths between the ages of 12 and 18 into The Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death which is televised to all and for which there can only be one winner.

      PARK HIGH SCHOOL
      "Behind the Wall"

        Burma's Aung-San-Suu-Kyi spent over fifteen years under house arrest. During that time her country suffered military rule and she could not see her husband or sons. Was it worth it? We consider Aung San's house arrest, the hope for peace, the anger, oppression and loss. Finally we contemplate the fate of those who have yet to be freed.

      RICKMANSWORTH SCHOOL
      "Media Kills"

        Our story depicts the manipulation and power of the modern media world. She craved celebrity and stardom; the heads of the powerhouse news corporation crave a money-spinning story. The media moguls, using their underhand techniques, enlist the help of their backstreet journalists and paparazzi. She will lose her relationship, friendships and ultimately her life.

      THE WYE VALLEY SCHOOL
      "When parallel worlds collide"

        Two Families experience the same joy of a new born baby being brought into the world. Little do they know they will lose them forever, but as a consequence of one another. No parent should out live their child.
      Showcasing Primary Schools

      Abbots Langley School
      "'What a Wonderful World'"

        In today's society it is very easy to click a button and see the world through a screen, but do we really know what's out there? Through our performance we will show you how important it is to go on journeys, see new sights and learn how other people live in order to understand our wonderful world.

      Galley Hill Primary School
      "Trouble in Paradise"

        It's 26th December, 2004 and this is Charlie Stanbridge reporting with breaking news. Scientists, working in Asia, have reported unusual activity beneath the earth's surface off the Indonesian coast. People are being encouraged to remain calm but to take necessary precautions.

      South Hill Primary School
      "Unity"

        This year we held an interfaith week of prayer for world peace. We learnt about different religions and the importance of appreciating each other's beliefs, so that we can live in a world of unity. We have represented this idea through colour. You will see two worlds at war, but can they come together for the good of all?

      Swallow Dell Primary School
      "Final Straw"

        So many different communities co-exist in the world today, however, often prejudice and tensions can form. We explore different communities that live side by side and the problems that can arise resulting in a community at war. It sees a war break out and explores how the final straw can often be so small. Will there be a happy ending?

      STEVENAGE DAY TWO THEMES

      BARNWELL SCHOOL
      "Keep Calm and Rock On"

        Mobs, monarchy or media – who or what really rules Britain today? We have seen sweeping in the streets, celebrations at stadiums. We've followed the rise of our nation's new happy couple. A community salute for the flag and Our Boys and let's all have a good old Jubilee cuppa. Now sits expectation in the air. Keep calm and rock on.

      BAYLIS COURT SCHOOL
      "The Masque of the Red Death"

        The Red Death has swept over the land. However, the cruel and egotistical ruler, Prospero, is indifferent to the sufferings. She and the privileged elite are locked safe in luxury. One night, Prospero holds an extravagant masked ball. At the stroke of midnight, a dark figure appears. "And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all."

      MARRIOTTS SCHOOL - A SPORTS COLLEGE
      "Where's the morality?"

        Institutions had let people down, communities becoming corrupt: Traumatic outbreaks around London shown as demonstrations of protests to stand up for their rights. London riots not only affected Britain economically but became a prime example of lack of communication, causing long-term effects on individuals, their families and their environment. Our performance portrays the severity of London at the time.

      ORMISTON VICTORY ACADEMY
      "Living History"

        It stands on a hill, was built by the Normans and has stood for over a thousand years. It has been a fortress, a royal palace, a prison and is now a museum. Norwich Castle dominates the landscape, attracts the old and the young and holds many secrets. In fact, you never know what you might find…

      SIR HENRY FLOYD GRAMMAR SCHOOL
      "The currency is TIME"

        Grace is one of the poor; her mum runs out of time driving her into depression until she meets a disillusioned rich stranger. The timekeepers are employed to ensure the social divide remains, however Grace is determined to show the rich that giving a little time can mean the difference between life and death.

      SIR WILLIAM RAMSAY SCHOOL
      "The Shed of Happiness"

        What is happiness? Family? Friends? Sunshine? Can we teach happiness? Or even recognise it? We live in a beautiful, exciting, ever-changing and challenging world. At times surrounded by fear, uncertainty, grief and tragedy, we must learn to grasp happiness where and when we find it only then can we be strong enough to 'take the knocks' and celebrate life!

      BOURNEHALL PRIMARY SCHOOL
      "'Life without ambition is like a bird without wings'"

        To be successful in life you need to find your own passion. It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. When asked the question "What do you want to be when you're older?" many children believe the route to success lies in talent shows. Join us on Lucy's journey.

      LAURANCE HAINES SCHOOL
      "What's the catch?"

        Our piece looks at ethical fishing and the effects of over-fishing on our oceans. Our two shoppers face a dilemma; one brand is cheaper, but they can't help but wonder... what's the catch? Follow us under the sea to find out some more about where our fish comes from!

      ST PAUL'S C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL
      "Free Our Future"

        We begin in Victorian times when children had very few rights. Fortunately, caring people and charities showed love by creating Acts and standing up for children. Sadly, today, there are still children who have no freedom and are exploited. If we are given a voice, freedom, education and health, the possibilities for our lives and future are endless.

      TUDOR PRIMARY SCHOOL
      "It's Not About The Money"

        Our theme highlights the positives within the world, without the need for money. We have taken inspiration from Charles Dickens and will follow a 'Scrooge' like character through a series of visions that highlight that money is not the apex of our lives.

      NORTH LONDON THEMES

      BARNHILL COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
      "#riotcleanup"

        "I always wanted to tell people who did the riot that you can destroy the building but you cannot destroy our soul, our willingness to serve the community and we will come back again." (Tottenham Post Office owner)

      ELIZABETH GARRETT ANDERSON SCHOOL
      "Typically British"

        Such an unpredictable thing British weather; or is it? We know it's predictably unpredictable, but we always get caught out. Oh well, let's just keep calm and carry on!

      FINCHLEY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
      "The Hidden Hydes"

        We all know the famous story of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, but what you are about to witness is a unique twist on this classic tale. Introducing you to the secret Hyde family and the tragic consequences of their actions.

      KINGSMEAD SCHOOL
      "What Future?"

        Influenced by Graffiti artist Banksy, ‘What Future?' uses his images of a rat-infested London to question the loss of children's innocence and their future. The rats exist without permission, representing the filth and bleakness that's becoming more present in our society. This is not a story of rich or poor or good and evil, but one of choices and hope.

      MILL HILL COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
      "Plantation"

        How a single power can control a land of people to prove ownership. Exploring how the love of money can make people do evil things. Corruption can invoke slavery of a mass amount of people in the world, east and west, but can freedom be found?

      QUEEN ELIZABETH GIRLS' SCHOOL
      "Pandora's Game"

        It's just a temptation we cannot resist; we take a deep breath and throw the lid wide, think of the riches, the secrets inside. The enticing box and its heavenly lure, time running out, the box is open, a blast from the past, behind those locks. Will the scientists save the world? Or will Pandora's Box remain open forever?

      WINCHMORE SCHOOL
      "Why Do You Judge Me?"

        Poverty is the state for the majority of the world's people and nations. Why is this? Is it enough to blame poor people for their own predicament? Have they been lazy, made poor decisions, and been solely responsible for their plight? Have you ever made that judgement? Our piece explores the issues surrounding poverty in our city.

      RAVENSCROFT PRIMARY SCHOOL
      "Believe in yourself"

        Our story is about a mouse who wants to be as strong as the lions, as fast as the gazelles and able to swing like the monkeys. The animals all laugh at him when he tries and he realises that he is not good enough. When the other animals are captured it is the mouse's unique skills that save them.

      WOODCROFT PRIMARY SCHOOL
      "Hard Knock Life"

        Life can be hard for children living in a strict orphanage without a loving family to take care of them. In this orphanage fun and games are forbidden and it is all about work and chores. That is until they discover something quite magical, giving them all a feeling of hope for the future.

      SOUTHAMPTON DAY ONE THEMES

      BITTERNE PARK SECONDARY SCHOOL
      "The Same But Different"

        What is it to be a man? What is it to be a woman? These questions are explored throughout this choreography. We explore and investigate the use of colours, jobs, styles of dance and everyday gestures that are stereotypically either more male or more female in our society. What happens when these stereotypes are changed?"

      CANTELL MATHS AND COMPUTING COLLEGE
      "What is the meaning of life?"

        Cantell have been considering the true meaning of life. Is it to create new life? Is life an on - going education in which we need to learn as much as possible? Or, is it simply to enjoy life to the full?

      CARISBROOKE COLLEGE
      "I Put a Spell On You"

        Is your neighbourhood as safe as it seems? Kids all play and trick or treat, full of sugar and all things sweet. As darkness falls, a spell is cast; who knows if the kids will make it home fast? They need to escape but they're under a spell. A kidnapping took place and now the kids are in hell!

      PETER SYMONDS COLLEGE
      "Dead Man Walking"

        "If you shed the blood of your brother, then your blood shall be shed in its place." Parts of the world still believe that the death penalty deters murder regardless of its moral suitability. Studies often show 3/5 of those killed are later found innocent. Join us as we explore emotional and physical torments of the accused on death row.

      ST ANNE'S CATHOLIC SCHOOL
      "A Night in a Museum"

        At the end of a busy day, the visitors have gone and the museum is quiet. Waiting for their chance, robbers plan their attack to seize the historic artefacts that lie inside. Will they succeed? Or can someone stop these treasures being lost forever? Months of scheming and planning may still not prepare them for a night in a museum.

      TESTWOOD SPORTS COLLEGE
      "Triumph Over Adversity"

        Our performance tells the story of a former Testwood pupil, Aaron Phipps. Aaron overcame the challenges presented to him by meningitis and became an elite Wheelchair Rugby athlete. From Ordinary to extraordinary, we explain through a dream, how unexpected events and inspirational people can awaken new opportunities.

      TRINITY SCHOOL
      "St Patrick's Nightmare"

        Oogie Boogie grows tiresome under control of Jack Skellington, the Halloween King and decides to take over a National Holiday for himself. St Patrick and his followers are taken by surprise and have to fight for their freedom. Will Jack and his sweetheart Sally come to the rescue or will evil prevail? (Based on Tim Burton's “A Nightmare before Christmas”)

      SOUTHAMPTON DAY TWO THEMES

      ALDWORTH SCIENCE COLLEGE AND GRANGESIDE SCHOOL
      "Life without bees"

        Have you ever imagined a life without bees? A life without crops, flowers and honey? This could soon become a reality as we take a futuristic journey and see what horrors await when the bees disappear and the measures that the human race have to take to keep life the way we know it!

      CAROLINE CHISHOLM SCHOOL
      "Beth!"

        As Beth starts to spread her wings and leave her parents’ protection she comes across three witches who foretell her future. They show Beth the consequences of money, vanity and fame and how they could be her downfall. The battle between right and wrong helps her find the light. This twist on Macbeth shows we can change our destiny.

      CROOKHORN COLLEGE
      "8 minutes"

        Few things have the ability to bring a group of strangers closer than taking part in a theatrical performance. But what really counts is how you eventually get to end: it’s not just the final performance. What's a dance without rehearsal? Without sleepless nights? Without the stress of getting your costume correct? Maybe it’s not just the dance that matters.

      THE HENRY CORT COMMUNITY COLLEGE
      "Once Upon A Trouble........"

        .......did we miss a page?
        Characters taken to court, simply an outrage
        Little Red charged with trespassing, Hansel & Gretel stealing food,
        Goldilocks for breaking in, not a kindly mood.
        by sheer frustration, Little Red gets paranoid,
        won't eat her food, Hansel in a depressing mood.
        Illnesses now afflicted, common are they true,
        Characters in trouble, adieu, adieu.

      THE HOLLYFIELD
      "Cluedo"

        Can you solve the mystery?! Cluedo © 2012/2013 Hasbro. Used with permission.

      RICHARD TAUNTON SIXTH FORM COLLEGE
      "Beautiful Slave"

        Work abroad, no experience needed, all travel expenses paid...sounds good doesn't it? In 2010 human trafficking made more money than Coca Cola, and is the second largest criminal industry. Our piece tells the story of three young innocent girls, oblivious to the exploitation they are about to be exposed to. Kidnapped, forced, abused and turned into beautiful slaves.

      SWANMORE COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY
      "The Hunger Games"

        Imagine the world you lived in had vanished. A new, empowering Capitol made one boy and one girl from each district fight to the death until one victor remained. See the amazing story of The Hunger Games brought to life so we can really appreciate and value the world we all live in.

      UPPER SHIRLEY HIGH SCHOOL
      "Life is an illusion"

        Our piece has been inspired by the fact that we are controlled by an ultimate power. This is represented by the character in the H.G Wells’s novel ‘The Invisible Man’. The work you are about to experience is the prequel to the novel. By using this idea that we discover that life is an illusion.

      THE WELLINGTON ACADEMY
      "Our War"

        Over 40% of Wellington pupils come from military families, many of whom have completed tours of duty in Afghanistan, some sacrificing their lives during them. We want to tell you the story from our point of view, having to watch our loved ones leave for a war zone, not knowing if they will return. This is our story, our war.

      SOUTHAMPTON DAY THREE THEMES

      BRUNE PARK COMMUNITY SCHOOL
      "It May Not Be Such A Small World After All"

        Richard Mannington - Bowes, killed in the riots trying to put out a fire. Henry Dunant started the Red Cross, giving aid to Africa. William Aldridge, the youngest soldier to die in Afghanistan. They didn't ignore the imperfections of society, but chose to help. What will our children do when their parents teach them life's perfect? Is it such a small world?

      FARNHAM HEATH END SCHOOL
      "The Fear of the Unknown"

        Pandora is given a box and told not to open it. Should she give in to temptation? What is inside? Will curiosity get the better of her and what will happen to her if she does open it? Although bad things may happen, hope is always there, but so is the fear of the unknown.

      HAMBLE COMMUNITY SPORTS COLLEGE
      "Scales of Life"

        The ants work away while the grasshoppers laze,
        Enjoying the sun on a sweet summer's day.
        It's work versus play: it's life's ultimate test,
        The stress or the party: which way is best?
        The ant-hoppers have a good balance of weight
        Will the others change before it's too late?

      ITCHEN SIXTH FORM COLLEGE
      "In the beginning...."

        In the beginning there was nothing. Throughout our piece you will slowly see the creation of the universe and all that it involves.....Light, water, land, sun, moon, stars, animals and human kind. We will show you a story of time travel, from the beginning into the future, where the world has become obsessed with technology. When will it all end?

      NOADSWOOD SCHOOL
      "The Changing Role of Women!"

        The 1930's displayed women as 'housewives' attending to the requests of their family. The events surrounding World War II brought a positive change to the perception of the female. Having gained equality, the later part of the 19th Century has witnessed women taking on many roles. These reforms have allowed us to view women for their triumphs in today's world.

      OXFORD SPIRES ACADEMY
      "Aladdin"

        Just as Aladdin was not good enough for Jasmine, so today, we continue to see division between rich and poor. Kept apart by the prejudiced ways of their families and friends, a street boy and a Barbie girl princess find they are inspired by the magical story of Aladdin and Jasmine and, in time, find love across the divide.

      THE MOUNTBATTEN SCHOOL
      "Secret Soul"

        Who would ever think that so much went on in the soul of a young girl? An open diary illuminated by a single light catches the eye. As the pages are turned and the story is told, a class of students are thrown into the world of Anne Frank where the magic of her imagination fights against her macabre reality.

      TOMLINSCOTE SCHOOL AND SIXTH FORM
      "Life is Not a fairytale"

        In a land far away, Red Riding Hood places trust in the cyber world, Hansel and Gretel struggle to trust friends, and Sleeping Beauty betrays the trust of her fairy guardians and flees to meet the man of her dreams. Will they each regain their trust and will life really become the fairytale it's meant to be?

      WILDERN SCHOOL
      "Best in Show"

        'Best in show' is a celebration of man's best friend. Dog lovers up and down the country have been watching in amazement at the skill, beauty, commitment and determination of these creatures. Are we so different as humans? Our personalities and skills make us good at something so it's your time to shine and be 'Best in Show'.

      SOUTHAMPTON DAY FOUR THEMES

      COWES ENTERPRISE COLLEGE
      "Exodus"

        God spoke to Moses and said “I am the Lord. Tell the Israelites that I say to them I will rescue you and set you free from your slavery to the Egyptians. I will raise my mighty arm to bring terrible punishment upon them and I will save you. I will be your God and I will set you free”.

      GREAT OAKS SCHOOL
      "Colour Our World"

        The planet Magenta 6 is fading of colour. It is becoming a grey world. Without colour they may not have the energy to survive. Between our two worlds there is a solution. As they land and discover this beautiful Earth, these creatures see that we have more than enough colour to share…

      THE GRYPHON SCHOOL
      "Belle Époque"

        Set in Paris in 1900’s, the beautiful era was a time of prosperity and peace. Arts, theatre and literature flourished with great advances in science and technology. Despite this massive growth there were dark currents throughout the era, which remained a deeply conflict - ridden time. Who knew that this 'golden age' would dissolve in to the horrors of World War I?

      THE OXFORD ACADEMY
      "Life Choices"

        Every day you make choices; sometimes those days feel like a game show! So here is our game show…Each box represents a life choice, good or bad. The player will open each box and will be taken over by that life choice. If you were to play the game, which box would you choose?

      REGENTS PARK COMMUNITY COLLEGE
      "Could It Be Magic?"

        Torn between two worlds. A girl dazzled by the excitement of a magic show - her artistic side is tantalised by the world of performing arts. Her logical side knows that the years of study will soon be rewarded with a successful academic career. Should she follow her head or her heart?

      TOTTON COLLEGE
      "A Look Inside A Soldier's Mind"

        In a given year 500,000 war veterans will become homeless. Charities that help integrate soldiers back into society, such as Help for Heroes, are few and far between; there isn’t enough professional support available. Those who risk their lives on the frontline often return home with mental illnesses they and their loved ones struggle to cope with.

      TOYNBEE SCHOOL
      "Phone Home"

        A universal traveller loses their way and struggles to get back home. How does this brave traveller adapt to this new culture and earn the acceptance of others while most people around him see him as different? How does the love of one young boy and his family help to guide this traveller back home with a glowing heart?

      THE WESTGATE SCHOOL
      "An Unlikely Hero - Malala’s Story"

        Malala Yousufzai, a young girl from Pakistan, shot down by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ rights to education. Through our dance you will see the struggle for gender equality that made her the symbol of hope she is today. Malala was an unlikely hero, but that didn’t stop her from fighting for the dream she believed in.

      WOLVERLEY CE SECONDARY SCHOOL
      "Dream Catcher"

        It was just an ordinary day when Alice found herself thinking 'was it just a dream?' Follow young Alice as she travels into a world of fantasy taking her through a land of real life toys, being chased by pirates and finally landing herself at a tea party. Decide for yourselves - fantasy or reality?

      SOUTHAMPTON JUNIOR THEMES

      BARTON PRIMARY SCHOOL AND EARLY YEARS CENTRE
      "RUBBISH!"

        What is rubbish? Junk, trash, refuse, waste; things that are no longer wanted or needed. However, my mum says, "One man's trash is another man's treasure"… So by reusing and recycling rubbish, we’ve turned trash into treasure, and created a story with a message: hard work and imagination can transform the world! That's definitely NOT a load of old RUBBISH!

      BERRYWOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL
      "The Rainbow Story"

        The colours of the world were quarrelling: all claimed that they were the most important. They each described how much their individual colours contributed to the world. The arguing became louder until they were making so much noise, a clap of thunder sounded! They huddled together and realised that although they were unique, they could all live in peaceful harmony.

      BRAISHFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL
      "Eurydice and The Underworld"

        Our piece looks at Greek Mythology and the story of Orpheus and his wife Eurydice, who is sadly taken by the creatures of the Underworld. To get her back he must leave the Underworld without looking back. However, focusing on unity and living and working together, we adapted the ending to create our own Greek Myth with a twist.

      THE FRIENDSHIP SCHOOLS
      "Is It a Fair Trade?"

        Chocolate! Royal and sacred drink. Food for the gods - given in friendship. Conquistadors. The ‘Old World’ sailed to ‘The New’. Betrayal! Theft of all that was precious. Chocolate houses serving a fashionable beverage. High-class customers only please! Then, men of vision. Innovators, creators of factories and communities. Production lines of chocolate heaven. Now is the time to give back.

      HALTERWORTH PRIMARY SCHOOL
      "London's Burning!"

        London, 1666, Charles II is on the throne. Townsfolk are going about their daily life. The Great Plague has taken hold of London Town. Along Pudding Lane a fire has broken out which is to ravage the city and its inhabitants. Battling, our elements of fire, plague and human life fight for control. Who will triumph?

      LANESEND PRIMARY SCHOOL
      "Ghandi/Dare to Dream"

        "I have a dream..." the famous words uttered by Martin Luther King. But he himself drew his inspiration from Mohandas K. Ghandi. Born in India in 1869, Ghandi strove to achieve Indian Independence through peaceful means. He became one of the greatest spiritual and political leaders, inspiring countless movements and individuals, such as Nelson Mandela, John Lennon and Albert Einstein.

      NETLEY ABBEY JUNIOR SCHOOL
      "The Lady With The Lamp"

        History has demonstrated that the most notable achievers usually encountered heart-breaking obstacles prior to triumph, refusing to become discouraged by their defeats. We are studying ‘Inspirational Achievers’ whilst aspiring to ‘be the best we can be!’ Florence Nightingale – the lady with the lamp – never gave up. Celebrate with us the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Royal Victoria Hospital.

      PARK VIEW JUNIOR SCHOOL
      "Make the Right Choice"

        With rights and responsibilities, choices have to be made. In 2011, some teenagers made the wrong choice. Fires were started and shops were vandalised as rioters took over London. The Deputy Prime Minister highlighted a person should face the consequences of their behaviour, regardless of their age. Do they deserve a second chance?

      ST MARK'S CE PRIMARY SCHOOL
      "Kaspar's Tale"

        Michael Morpurgo has the ability to weave wonderful stories around topical and historic events. The story we re - tell tonight follows the growing relationship between a cat called Kaspar, a bell boy, and the daughter of an aristocratic family. We will see how their emotional ties become challenged and strengthened in response to a significant event from the past.

      WELLOW SCHOOL
      "Hamelin's Broken Promise"

        A town has a problem. A flea-ridden, disease carrying kind of problem. An infestation problem that one man, a Piper, is entrusted to resolve. A problem that once resolved will cost the town - will cost them more than they are willing to pay. But will it cost them their future?

      SOUTHAMPTON CITY JUNIOR THEMES

      HAREFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL
      "One Direction?"

        Life is like a fairy-tale and the people in our lives represent the characters. One Direction? follows one girl's journey as she tries to make up her mind who she wants to be and how she will get there. As you can see, sometimes, there are many obstacles to overcome. The question is which direction will you choose?

      HIGHFIELD C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL
      "'BARA'"

        The Hebrew word for creation is "Bara" and it is used in the first chapter of the Bible, Genesis. It describes how God creates the world by giving form and purpose to pre-existing chaos. We have looked closely at Genesis and present to you our interpretation of one of the greatest stories ever told.

      SHIRLEY JUNIOR SCHOOL
      "A Sense of Community"

        More than just a day in the life of our neighbourhood. We bring all the senses to life as we explore our rich heritage and life experiences that bring together the warmth of the family home, the characters in the park, the sights we'd rather avoid and relationships we build. We celebrate the diversity and embrace our sense of community.

      SPRINGWELL SCHOOL
      "The Rhythm of Life"

        To maintain a healthy body and mind it is important that the rhythms and beats of our body are strong and regular. Healthy eating and exercise can help us all to achieve this. Follow our journey through a healthy body as we use the rhythms and beats found within us all in our performance.

      THORNHILL PRIMARY SCHOOL
      "Mother Earth"

        Many African peoples regard the earth as a deity who is the mother of all creatures - Mother Earth. Sometimes she will make grass grow when heaven gives her rain. However, fire too lives in the earth and she sometimes spits it out in anger. Mother Earth is a very powerful spirit who rules over our life and death.

      TOWNHILL JUNIOR SCHOOL
      "Why don't you play Mozart?"

        In concentration camps Nazis selected and forced Jews to play Mozart in orchestras to calm new prisoners as they were led to the gas chambers. For the musicians it was a way to survive. Loosely based on Morpurgo's "The Mozart Question", our performance tells the story of a young reporter, sent to interview a famous musician with a haunting past.

      BOURNEMOUTH THEMES

      THE BISHOP OF WINCHESTER ACADEMY
      "Impassion quells fear of the unknown"

        Fear; a vital response to physical or emotional danger – if we don’t feel it, are we living? Fearing situations far from life-or-death, thus hanging back for no good reason. Traumas trigger a fear within us that is hard to quell. Supporting with love and compassion in any situation, even when we reach the end, will aid us to embrace the unknown.

      THE BOURNE ACADEMY
      "The Purpose of Love?"

        What is love? Who decides who we fall in love with and who we want to spend our lives with? An estimated 8000 young women are forced into marriage each year in the UK, what happens to these young people? Where do they go? What are their chances for happiness?

      CARTER COMMUNITY SCHOOL
      "Only the strongest survive!"

        A virus does not come alive until it is inside the cell of a living organism. The virus hijacks the cell and makes it do its own bidding. Its spread is overpowering and increases in strength as it goes. So how can we ensure only the strongest survive? By the scientist making a deal with the Devil of course!

      CORFE HILLS SCHOOL
      "Open your heart to literature your imagination will follow"

        “Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world”. Picking up a good book is hard to do in a fast-paced world, but truly falling in love with a character, crying when they cry and laughing when they laugh, is easy. Let the story of ‘Frankenstein’ into your hearts.

      HIGHCLIFFE SCHOOL
      "Guernica; 26th April, 1937"

        Northern Spain in the small Basque town of Guernica; over one thousand innocent Spanish Republicans died in almost three hours of hell. General Franco sought help from the German Nazi Luftwaffe to destroy the town. 90% of buildings were demolished and as surviving civilians fled they were machine-gunned. Pablo Picasso’s painting and the surviving oak tree silence us in remembrance.

      ISLE OF PORTLAND ALDRIDGE COMMUNITY ACADEMY
      "Walk Through Time"

        Evolved from its beginning as a Cultural Olympiad performance, ‘Walk Through Time’ represents the geological elements found on Portland. Water, sky, rock and earth have moulded our environment over millennia. Through dance, sound and colour we celebrate this collaboration of our planet’s resources. Our journey begins with the Big Bang and Earth's first evidence of fossilised life: the Stromatolite.

      OAK ACADEMY
      "JUSTICE... is on its way"

        Admiration and respect for the families’ determination to search for the truth surrounding the Hillsborough disaster is held by many. Strength, hope and love saw the families win the right in 2012 to a new inquest. Despite disappointments and setbacks, this has continued for nearly a quarter of a century. Follow us on our journey…justice is on its way.

      QUEEN ELIZABETH'S SCHOOL
      "Just Another Day..."

        Just another summer’s morning at home. London, 2005. Tom and Freya head off to school, greeted by the good news that London will host the 2012 Olympic Games. Tom has forgotten his backpack and runs home Freya races ahead to catch the bus. No one could have known. This is a tribute to lives lost in 7/7 bombings.

      ST EDWARD'S RC CE VA SCHOOL
      "I want to scream...I want to shout."

        A girl is let down by systems that should have protected her: the impact of her life resonates upon many who will no longer stand for discrimination, prejudice and inequality. Will you sit back and accept what is happening, or fight with us to hear the voices of all, regardless how weak they seem? Come join our peaceful vendetta.

      ST PETER'S CATHOLIC SCHOOL
      "Carpe diem"

        The lives of the inhabitants of Pompeii came to an abrupt end on 24th August AD 79. The eruption of Vesuvius caught people utterly unprepared. Their final moments cast under layers of ash for future generations to ponder. When Billy gets sucked into the past, he cannot change the inhabitants’ destiny, but maybe he can help them seize the day.

      THE SIR JOHN COLFOX SCHOOL
      "Fight Like Soldiers, Die Like Children"

        Despite a strong focus on young people’s rights today in the UK there are many areas in the world where children’s lives are torn apart by war. Forced into fighting, the psychological and physical damage caused never goes away. This is wrong and we want to highlight what we think is the biggest breach of those children’s rights.

      CRAWLEY THEMES

      THE ANGMERING SCHOOL
      "A Life Less Ordinary"

        Imagine a world where everything is drab, bleak, boring, black and white and regimented: where life is so dull that the only way to escape is through the power of imagination. Yet, the imaginary world turns out to be just as threatening as the harshness of reality. If escape is the only answer, what are you running away from?

      CHICHESTER COLLEGE
      "Rise From the Ashes"

        Our piece explores societies’ resilience in the face of disaster. Whether major accident, act of terrorism or natural disaster, people demonstrate an ability to overcome and even grow in the face of threats to survival. Against the backdrop of the Great Fire of London we see a community's capacity for human kindness transcending diversity to rise from the ashes…

      DURRINGTON HIGH SCHOOL
      "Recipe for Murder"

        Partners in crime or loyal friends? Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett raid the larder of human depravity. The ingredients in their pies? Greed, ruthlessness and human flesh!

      THE FOREST SCHOOL
      "The Voices in my Head"

        Our performance this year is an episodic piece based on the symptoms of schizophrenia. We became aware of the condition during a Challenge Day at school and found out that the illness tends to begin in late adolescence. We felt that the variety of symptoms sufferers experience could be expressed through dance and physical theatre in our performance this year.

      MILLAIS SCHOOL
      "If they could show you they would..."

        A large bull elephant dies. The cause of death is a poison arrow wound. Tragically this magnificent elephant was killed by humans for the ivory trade, for a so-called expression of exotic wealth. Elephants grieve and mourn the loss of loved ones just as acutely as humans, returning to graves years later to reflect and remember. It must stop!

      OATHALL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
      "London's Injustice"

        Violence started in London, and spread rapidly across not only Greater London, but most of the country, like an outbreak of the measles. Its speed attributed to the rioters' use of social media. Information and disinformation alike travels fast in social networks. A year on from the unrest over, 1,200 offenders have been jailed for their part in the trouble.

      ORIEL HIGH SCHOOL
      "Closing In"

        2-5% of the world’s population suffer from claustrophobia, but very few people are treated for this disorder. Claustrophobia is commonly associated with the fear of small spaces and no means to escape, for suffers this disorder is never-ending and they are faced with this fear on a daily basis.

      QUEEN ELIZABETH II SILVER JUBILEE SCHOOL
      "Same Time; Same Place"

        London: August 2011. London: August 2012. Same time; same place. How did London transform from a city of riots to the city of the Olympics and Paralympics? The QEII dance conveys contrasts of the two summers and celebrates the achievements of 2012.

      ST PAUL’S CATHOLIC COLLEGE
      "All I ask is the possibility of love..."

        “I should be Adam. God was proud of Adam.” The Creature yearns for acceptance and love, but Frankenstein is far from proud of his grotesque prodigy. Cast into a hostile world, the creature learns the true meaning of companionship in the sanctuary of the blind DeLacey before embarking on a quest to confront his creator and thus end his solitude.

      TANBRIDGE HOUSE SCHOOL
      "Teenage Dream"

        Have you ever wanted more from life but found your dreams plagued by doubt? Every day we hear stories of ‘Yobs’ and ‘Hooligans’ in trouble or breaking the law, but are we all alike? Our piece explores the fight of today’s youth to be heard and appreciated for who they are by overcoming society’s doubts and achieving their dreams.

      EASTBOURNE THEMES

      BEXHILL COLLEGE
      "When you're not there…"

        Let me take you back to when you were just a child, no high -tech gadgets. Just a toybox and one unstoppable imagination. Ever wondered what would happen if all your toys came to life while you were out? Well you're about to find out. Prepare yourself for an out-of-this- world adventure in the pursuit of love and true emotions.

      BISHOP BELL CHURCH OF ENGLAND SCHOOL
      "Cosmic Union"

        The dance piece is based on extra-terrestrial life coming to planet Earth. The aliens demonstrate gestures which symbolise the communication barriers amongst other beings, in contrast to the nutty scientists who discover the extra - terrestrial landing. Special agents come to the rescue when the aliens abduct the scientists and brainwash them into a frenzy, resulting in a cosmic union.

      BRIGHTON AND HOVE HIGH SCHOOL
      "Elvis"

        Brighton and Hove High School proudly present a tribute to the one and only Elvis Presley. Despite his death in 1977, he has continued to influence the world's music industry for decades. We have simply aimed to replicate his iconic style and energy and remind the audience just why Mr Elvis Aaron Presley was the King of Rock and Roll.

      CRICKHOWELL HIGH SCHOOL
      "Look On The Bright Side"

        Life is a spectrum of colour and a noticeable attribute to the world around us. Colour can also symbolise a variety of emotions. Red symbolises anger; blue sadness; yellow happiness and friendship; and green envy or jealousy. "Happiness is a colour that you should never run out of".

      THE JOHN WALLIS CHURCH OF ENGLAND ACADEMY
      "I Have a Dream"

        The theme of this dance is Martin Luther King’s speech ‘I have a Dream’. The dance shows and explores the idea of ‘segregation’ within the black and white race, and shows how Martin Luther King speech expressed the right for blacks and whites to have equal rights. This piece explores the story by having different colours to represent their race.

      THE ST LEONARD’S ACADEMY
      "Chocolate Unwrapped"

        Over a third of the cocoa that makes the worlds chocolate comes from the Ivory Coast. Thousands of boys as young as 10 years old are trafficked to harvest the beans. Their freedom is taken and they are forced to work long hours on the plantations without receiving any money for their work. This is Kwarme's story.

      PORTSMOUTH DAY 1 THEMES

      ADMIRAL LORD NELSON SCHOOL
      "Sticks and Stones"

        ‘Sticks and Stones' explores the challenging experiences some young people face with regards to being accepted within different friendship groups. The brutal way in which technology can now be used to victimise people is at the root of so many issues within schools and colleges today.

      BARTON PEVERIL SIXTH FORM
      "Remember your humanity"

        Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is, fighting for change, never content, unable to focus on stillness. We are inherently unique creatures, the worrying animals. Remember your humanity and forget the rest.

      BISHOP CHALLONER CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL
      "Underground Love"

        7th July 2005. London underground. Peak time. Stations filled with commuters, tourists and children. What seemed like a normal Thursday morning ended in chaos and confusion. The story of two unlucky London residents looking for love in the wrong place at the wrong time.

      GEORGE ABBOT SCHOOL
      ""Those who don't believe in magic will never find it"

        During an age when technology is at the forefront of teenage minds we return back to the books that spurred imagination. Roald Dahl's novels inspired generations of children, creating a world of characters that come to life through his words. We bring to life four of his classics; George's Marvellous Medicine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Witches, and Twits.

      HORNDEAN TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE
      "Parental Guidance needed"

        Can we determine our own futures, or are they determined for us? If we are exposed to violence, will we become violent? We tell the story of a family, no different to mine or yours, questioning the impact of domestic violence and the effects on innocent young people caught up in the drama through no fault of their own.

      LANGLEY PARK SCHOOL FOR BOYS
      "Mindless Intensity"

        The Dancing Plague occurred in Strasbourg, 1518. Numerous people took to dancing for days without rest. Over a month, 400 people united. Many died from heart attack, stroke or exhaustion. Our interpretation is that drama and dance is infectious and compulsory. We demonstrate how it is in our body, blood and soul. Darkness represents continuous movement overnight.

      PARK COMMUNITY SCHOOL
      "The child within"

        Life is trouble for one little girl
        She lives inside her own special world
        She has no friends, to call her own
        But In her mind she's never alone
        Taunted and bullied, doesn't fit in
        Attacked by her monsters and demons within
        Her imaginary friend torn apart
        She goes through life with a broken heart

      THE RIDGEWAY COMMUNITY SCHOOL AND WEYDON SECONDARY ACADEMY
      "Not so Strictly Come Dancing"

        This year we are doing a performance from a famous dancing competition, we have learnt three dances. Together The Ridgeway Community School and Weydon would like you to share with us our dances; The Waltz, Pasa Doble, and The Charleston and not forgetting the all-important judges.

      RYDE SCHOOL WITH UPPER CHINE
      "Captured by Fear"

        From infancy to adolescence, the riddling presence of the child -catcher haunts Daisy. Our story follows her through facing nightmares, her first day at school and her first ever party whilst her fear alters her perception of her surroundings twisting her toys and school friends into monsters. Will she eradicate this burden, or become permanently captured by the child-catcher's grasp?

      ST JOHN'S COLLEGE
      "Crime, Lust and Pixie Dust"

        Every five minutes in the UK a child runs away from home. Life on the streets can be tough. Follow us and take the Second Street to the Right, and go straight on ‘til morning. Here you will find 'crime, lust and pixie dust'. Survival on the street is not easy, but to live would be an awfully big adventure!

      WYVERN COLLEGE
      "What's In A Story?"

        The sign of a good book is when we are immersed in the characters and the plot. As you follow our tale, the characters certainly come to life, but all is not well. Can harmony be restored in the pages of our book? Only time and a special gift will tell.

      YATELEY SCHOOL
      "Together Or Not At All"

        What is more important to an individual when faced with the prospect of battle? Glory? Survival? Or loyalty to your friend? Inspired by ‘The Hunger Games' this dance explores two friends ordered to fight each other to the death. To remain true to who they really are they must find the strength to work together to survive against the odds.

      PORTSMOUTH DAY 2 THEMES

      THE ACADEMY SELSEY
      "The Power of Love"

        In 1964, Keith Bennett became a victim of the moors murders. 40 years after his disappearance and his families’ continuous pleas to the murderers and searches over the moor, his body still remains undiscovered. Last year his mother, made a final plea to know the whereabouts of Keith' body but she sadly passed without ever knowing. We follow her story.

      COX GREEN SCHOOL
      "Lights, Camera, Action!"

        Welcome to Hollywood! The roaring 1920's, the golden age of cinema and the peak of the Silent Movie. Behind the silver screen we explore the rise and fall of a Hollywood star who soared to the top to be over shadowed by the discovery of a new artist.

      KING RICHARD SCHOOL
      "A Love Story"

        Welcome to King Richard School's performance of 'A Love Story'.

      MEDINA COLLEGE
      "The path of life should be yours to decide"

        A normal day at school could be the turning point of your life. Katie was pressured into taking drugs by her so- called friends and now she is in a hospital bed. Let's see how her choices affected her path in life. Did she do the right thing? Could you say no?

      REDWOOD PARK SCHOOL
      "Persephone"

        A Greek myth with a modern twist. Persephone is stolen by infatuated Hades who tricks her into staying with him in his underworld palace. Devastated by her loss, her mother Demeter neglects her responsibility for nature, until she manages to strike a compromise which brings her daughter back to her for half of the year.

      ROBERT MAY’S SCHOOL
      "The Tree"

        A young girl’s imagination magically comes to life during story time…The tree, in all of its beauty as nature began and life on Earth formed. A peaceful place until the world of infrastructure is invented. Trapped in a battle between nature and machines, can the girl get out, can anything survive, will Earth as we know it be destroyed?

      ST GEORGE’S SCHOOL
      "Born free, rescue me"

        Different animals live all over the world: in the water and in the jungle. Sometimes people want to hunt animals or take away their homes. Our rescuers teach the hunters how to look after and protect animals and where they live. Then they can have new families and we can enjoy animals in the wild.

      ST GREGORY THE GREAT RC SCHOOL
      "Anger, Fire, Fear"

        Youths are rioting on Britain's streets
        Stolen trainers on their feet
        Banding together in organised gangs
        Violent looters taking all they can.
        Decent people scared to venture out
        A broken society of that there's no doubt
        But these youngsters and adults don't loot for need
        They are consumed by selfish greed.
        ANGER, FIRE, FEAR

      SURBITON HIGH SCHOOL
      "The Shoe Must Go On"

        Shy, wide - eyed and curious Abby goes shopping for her first pair of dance shoes. She tries on a number of styles but can’t find the right ‘fit’ for her. Out of the shop window, something catches her eye that ignites a spark, inspiring her to JUST DANCE!

      WADDESDON C OF E SCHOOL
      "A Life Lived"

        "Don't be sad because it's over, smile because it happened". Music evokes the most powerful memories; we translate this to the stage. Our story follows the life of Ethel; her ups, downs, loves, losses, and ultimately her life. Precious moments captured and collected serve to remind us that each moment of life, no matter how big or small, is precious.

      PORTSMOUTH 3 THEMES

      CHRIST THE KING COLLEGE
      "Deception of Pink"

        While exhibited in the museum, when no one is around, the Pink Panther diamond shows its true colours. A gang of robbers break in and replace it with a fake? This baffles the inspectors, who cannot solve the mystery. The real diamond outshines the fake diamond in a face off proving you need to keep it real.

      FELPHAM COMMUNITY COLLEGE
      "96 Reasons for the Truth"

        English football has become a magnet for billionaire owners and millionaire players, but at what cost? 96 people died on April 15th 1989 during an FA Cup semi - final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest; police lost control, opened an exit gate and allowed thousands of fans to enter, streaming unguided, into crowded pens. When will the truth be finally told?

      HEADINGTON SCHOOL OXFORD
      "Apocalypse"

        Danger strikes when a meteorite hits Earth creating the apocalypse. A message calling the end of the world is sent and action is taken by the military to protect and evacuate the children, yet nothing can stop the unknown and deadly infection brought by the hit. What will be the consequences?

      LADY MARGARET SCHOOL
      "Poison Apple"

        Alan Turing: 24 years old, genius calculator, code-breaker number-crunching computer-maker creator of the Universal Machine. Alan Turing: war hero. Alan Turing: gay man in a world of prejudice: arrested, pumped with drugs: chemically castrated - for the love that dared not speak its name. Rejected and belittled, Alan died a tragic death: one bite of a Poison Apple.

      THE LITTLEHAMPTON ACADEMY
      "Faceless.Infinite"

        The world that we live in is a world where darkness influences fear and the good can sometimes be forgotten. 'Faceless. Infinite' tells the story of a community faced with tragedy. A new society is born, but can their overprotective regime keep the evil away? Can we learn from mistakes and can we truly protect our youth?…

      MAYVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
      "Born Without Wings"

        Over time dreams of air travel have become reality. From balloons, to biplanes, to space shuttles, follow our journey as we visit some of the influential and iconic aspects in the history of flight. As we seek for more, pushing the boundaries further we appreciate that new challenges bring risks and uncertainties: “Born Without Wings, With A Desire To Fly!”

      NEVILLE LOVETT SCHOOL
      "8 Years in 8 Minutes"

        When Rose's husband died she became a recluse. She lived on a busy street where life carried on as normal, but she was never a part of it. She sat every day at her window and stared out at the world she did not want to access. 8 years went by until one day she passed away too.

      THE PETERSFIELD SCHOOL
      "The Stolen Generation"

        Australia: inhabited by Aborigines, a people rich in pride and culture. 1778: coastline invasion by British settlers. 1909 to 1969: over 100,000 Aboriginal children forcibly removed from their homes by Government agencies. Brought up to be ‘western’ and to reject their indigenous culture, they are known as The Stolen Generations. 2008: the Australian Government finally say ‘sorry’.

      RACHEL MADOCKS SCHOOL AND PARK COMMUNITY SCHOOL, Waterlooville, Hampshire
      "Atlantis"

        Atlantis. An island lost in time. Join us as we discover how it disappeared and why no one has ever returned from finding the mythical isle!

      RYDE ACADEMY
      "Never Never Known"

        The two boys believed their friendship would last forever, but rivalry, hatred and an unveiling animosity arose from the dark depths of their juvenile world. A foreboding story where preconceived perceptions are challenged and the beginnings of this beloved fairytale are revealed. Who is the real villain? Until now the truth behind 'Pan versus Hook' was never never known…

      SOUTH DOWNS COLLEGE
      "We interrupt this broadcast....."

        The federal government has placed the country under a national quarantine. With the virus infecting a third of the population, panic is spreading across the nation, and people attempt to flee the cities. With survivors falling to infection, the human race is doomed. You are advised not to approach the infected. All radio and television broadcasts will now end transmission.

      PORTSMOUTH DAY 4 THEMES

      BRIDGEMARY SCHOOL
      "Led into disaster"

        Led into disaster.
        We are today,
        revising a tale,
        No time to stray.
        Stranger danger is our message,
        Beware the witches will take hold.
        Curiosity in this case,
        should be scarce.
        Listen and watch our story unfold.

      CHENEY SCHOOL
      "Animal testing right or wrong?"

        When you buy your cosmetics do you see how they are tested? Thousands of animals are poisoned, blinded, and killed every year in outdated product tests for cosmetics, personal - care products, and household - cleaning products. Animals matter just as much as humans do, how would you feel if this was you? Our performance takes you through the reality of animal testing.

      CHURCHILL ACADEMY AND SIXTH FORM COLLEGE
      "Not as Sweet as It Seems, Temptation, Deception and Screams!"

        Sent into the forest by their poor Father and evil Stepmother, Hansel and Gretel are led to a gingerbread house by the mischievous Tree Spirits. They are tempted inside by the deceiving Sweeties, but all is not as sweet as it seems! The Witch and her hungry crows surround them, Can they escape or will it all end in screams?

      MARY ROSE SCHOOL
      "Open Your Eyes"

        I have opened my eyes
        My dream is to be like you
        You are who I want to be
        You have given me hope and taught me to be strong
        You are beyond ordinary and I am ready to face anything
        Never hold back
        Open your eyes.

      MAYFIELD SCHOOL
      "Microscopic Menagerie"

        Beneath our feet, around our heads, small creatures swarm and crawl. Their lives pass us by and yet they all play their part in a parallel universe. Some provide hard work, some beauty, and others even danger. How would it feel to find yourself immersed in the kaleidoscopic maze of marvels that nature provides?

      PORTSMOUTH COLLEGE
      "The Bedlam Within"

        Set in 1883, we tell the story of Maggie, daughter of a wealthy family. Maggie is outspoken, unconventional and an embarrassment to her parents. Seen dancing with another woman at a Ball, her outraged Father decides to have her committed as a lunatic and sent to Bedlam. Will she convince anyone she is sane? Or succumb to the Bedlam within?

      PURBROOK PARK SCHOOL
      "The Hidden Tribe"

        A secret hidden far away
        A world still unknown
        Explorers who became curious
        The natives cover blown
        Officials doubted their existence
        Campaigners had their say
        We must retreat, leave them alone
        Let them live life their way
        In 2008 an expedition discovered an untouched tribe in the Brazilian rainforest. Will contact
        with modern civilisation change these indigenous people's lives forever?

      SANDOWN BAY ACADEMY
      "Sweet Temptation"

        A shortcut home leaves Hansel and Gretel lost in an evil wood on Hallowe'en night. Their crumb of hope for escape wickedly stolen, they stumble upon a mysterious house and a pushy warlock dealing in dark deeds. Will they succumb to the warlock's hex or can they break free from the grim grip of temptation?

      ST JOSEPH'S CATHOLIC SCHOOL
      "A Mile of Scarves"

        The Hillsborough Disaster exposed the inadequacies of stadium safety, negligence, failings in the legal system, and how those in authority can abuse their position to avoid blame and responsibility. However it also revealed the courage, integrity, dignity of ordinary people and a 23- year fight for justice. Our performance hopes to highlight that fight and remember the 96 who died.

      YATE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY AND CULVERHILL SCHOOL
      "Suspicion"

        In the words of the well - respected crime fighter Inspector Gadget….“Just as I suspected……a highly suspicious situation with a highly suspicious group of people.” Six suspects, six weapons, one victim, one brilliant detective, but still the age old question remains…..Who dunnit?

      PORTSMOUTH JUNIOR THEMES DAY 1

      COWES PRIMARY SCHOOL
      "Giraffes Can't Dance"

        Gerald was a tall giraffe,
        Whose neck was long and slim.
        But his knees were awfully bandy
        And his legs were rather thin.
        Gerald was not good at dancer. Every year he dreaded the great Jungle Dance. But what Gerald discovers one beautiful moonlit night is that when we're different, sometimes we just need a different song to dance to.

      DOVER PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL
      "For every promise, there is price to pay"

        The town of Hamelin is overrun with filthy dirty rats;
        Who can help the town's folk clear the streets?
        But who is the colourful chap offering his help?
        They promised him money for services rendered.
        Yet reneging, they break their promise.
        Their future, the children are lured away.
        If they'd promised then shouldn't they have kept their promise?!

      ORCHARDS COMMUNITY SCHOOL
      "The Spider and The Fly"

        Will you walk into my parlour? Said the spider to the fly,
        Using Jewels and dead- bug buffets, our arachnid did try,
        To lure the helpless creature to his creepy web - spun lair,
        But Adornments failed to tempt her, avoiding the ensnare,
        Falling for his flattery while gazing through the looking glass,
        Vanity finally entrapped the fly and marked her foolish cards!

      PAULSGROVE PRIMARY SCHOOL
      "My Book Of Dreams"

        Our school, Paulsgrove Primary, will soon be changing to Beacon View Primary Academy and our new school's ethos will be centred around ‘Inspire, Learn, Achieve' and knowing that each and every one of us can make a difference. Our theme is based around our hopes and dreams for ourselves, our families and the whole wide world.

      PEEL COMMON JUNIOR SCHOOL
      "Faith and love, darkness and light: Diwali"

        Our performance explores the ancient Hindu tale of Rama and Sita. Banished to the forest after marriage, the couple find themselves in an enchanted forest where danger lurks around every corner, and not everything is as it seems. Deceit, kidnap and the battle between good and evil prove that love really does conquer all. From darkness emerges light. Diwali.

      ROWNER JUNIOR SCHOOL
      "Be true to who you are"

        Life isn't easy for Jack. He's bullied for playing with his favourite teddy George who he loves dearly. One day the bored ‘cool' kids go to the shops. Toys start coming to life before their very eyes! They realise that playing with your favourite toy is ‘cool' after all and it's always best to be true to who you are.

      SHARPS COPSE PRIMARY AND NURSERY SCHOOL
      "You'll Never Walk Alone"

        Those who died in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster had already made their mark on those who loved them, but the loss of their lives impacted on society as a whole, their deaths bringing increased safety to football fans for years to come. So we say to those, whose lives were not lost in vain, 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.

      SOLENT JUNIOR SCHOOL
      "Children of the Dark"

        1838, Silkstone, Yorkshire. Joyous celebrations as young Princess Victoria is crowned Queen. However, celebrations are short-lived. Days later, deep in the dark of a coal pit, 26 child workers are trapped and drowned in a freak mineshaft flood. Politician, Lord Ashley shocked by such tragedy, reforms children's working conditions so today we are no longer ‘Children of the dark'.

      ST ANTHONY'S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
      "The wonderful life of Moses"

        Sent down the River Nile at birth to save him from being slain, Moses was found by the Egyptian Princess and brought up in their home as royalty. After accidentally killing a slave, Moses fled Egypt, only to return many years later to lead the slaves to freedom - to a land of milk and honey.

      ST WINIFRED'S SCHOOL
      "The Pencil Case"

        My teacher said to me one day, "What on earth have you got in that pencil case of yours?" So I opened it up and I showed her. St Winifred's School presents "The Pencil Case"

      STAMSHAW JUNIOR SCHOOL
      "Fake Reality"

        Reality TV is taking over our lives; there's nothing we can do about it. From BGT to I'm a Celebrity, Strictly Come Dancing to TOWIE, a week rarely passes where we aren't subjected to some sort of “reality”. But when does reality, become reality? This performance zooms forward to 2323 where our children become a nation controlled by reality TV.

      PORTSMOUTH JUNIOR THEMES DAY 2

      THE BAY PRIMARY SCHOOL
      "House of Cards"

        A new child starts school and is badly treated because they are different, so Grandma tells a story to help her grandchildren understand why and to make the right choices. The story is about four nations who are constantly at war because of their differences. The princes and princesses fall in love, differences are set aside and peace reigns.

      BEDENHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL
      "Nations United in Dance"

        Following on from the spectacular ceremonies seen at last year's sporting events, we wondered what the closing ceremony would look like after an international dance event. Could people in this highly competitive environment collaborate to produce an inspirational finale or would rivalries take over? Surely if anything can unite nations it's dance?

      BOTLEY C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL
      "A Child of War"

        Children all over the world are living in fear due to war. Our theme explores the effects of living in this environment and growing up without the love and values that we take for granted. Our child of war finds safety from the devastation in the comfort of her bedroom. But, even here, she is haunted by all that's missing.

      MEDINA HOUSE SCHOOL
      "Around the Island in 8 minutes"

        Think of Phileas Fog and his explorations and his many destinations. Then come with us to the Isle of Wight. It really is a wondrous sight. Let's join Shakira in her balloon. Don't worry, we'll be back soon!

      MERTON JUNIOR SCHOOL
      "Do you believe in the magic of Christmas?"

        No matter how old you are, most still believe in the magic of Christmas. Watch and be enchanted by the magical events that happen on the night before Christmas. All is not what it seems with the presents.........

      NORTHERN PARADE JUNIOR SCHOOL
      "It's a toy story"

        Today's world is led by technology with both young and old using gadgets daily. Do you know anyone who doesn't own a smart phone or surf the internet each day? Is this really a good thing? Do you remember the days of skipping ropes and space hoppers? Join us remembering some of our favourites and decide for yourselves!

      PORTSDOWN PRIMARY SCHOOL
      "The Price of Fame"

        The price of fame is not always what people expect. A variety of individuals strive to be famous, however celebrities spend most of their time hiding away from fans and media. The glamorous beauty of stars is often masked with pretence. Therefore, if fame was to knock for you and I, would we be willing to pay the fee?

      ST JOHN'S PRIMARY SCHOOL
      "Private Peaceful"

        We show the journey of Tommo and Charlie, two brothers who join the army during WWI. The story 'Private Peaceful' written by Micheal Morpurgo sees Charlie being shot by the firing squad, the soldier's crime was to stop fighting, although the Germans were still shooting, in order to stay with his injured brother.

      ST PAUL'S RC PRIMARY SCHOOL
      "Cirque Du Mystère"

        The world is full of wonders and beauty and delight. Things to amaze and astound and surprise. Though deep in the furthest corners of society can be found beastly and ghastly sights. Those of humiliation and degradation, of horror and despair. Ladies and gentlemen, I present the Cirque Du Mystère!

      STENBURY FEDERATION
      "Seasons Of Life"

        Childhood daydreams as spring fairies run,
        George and Rose's love blossoms in the summer sun.
        Marriage vows sealed forever with a ring,
        Dreams and laughter as fireworks sing.
        Winter's coming, the snow and the ice –
        But spring will be back summer to entice.
        A story of four seasons, so we are told,
        Sit back, relax, as our story unfolds…

      WICOR PRIMARY
      "The Web of Dreams"

        Native Americans believe that evil thrives in bad dreams so they found a way of catching them. Their elders learned from the wise Iktomi, a spirit in spider form, how to spin a web which would catch the bad dreams and let only the good dreams pass through. Tonight, the power of the dream catcher lives on.

      YARMOUTH CE PRIMARY
      "The Egyptian Plagues"

        The Plagues of Egypt were ten misfortunes that, according to the biblical book of Exodus, Israel's god Yahweh, inflicted upon Egypt to persuade Pharaoh to release the ill - treated Israelites from slavery. Pharaoh surrendered after the tenth plague, triggering the exodus of the Jewish people. God declares that the gods of Egypt will be judged through the tenth and final plague.

      SOUTHERN JUNIOR FINAL THEMES

      COWES PRIMARY SCHOOL
      "Giraffes Can't Dance"

        Gerald was a tall giraffe,
        Whose neck was long and slim.
        But his knees were awfully bandy
        And his legs were rather thin.
        Gerald was not good at dancer. Every year he dreaded the great Jungle Dance. But what Gerald discovers one beautiful moonlit night is that when we're different, sometimes we just need a different song to dance to.

      HALTERWORTH PRIMARY SCHOOL
      "London's Burning!"

        London, 1666, Charles II is on the throne. Townsfolk are going about their daily life. The Great Plague has taken hold of London Town. Along Pudding Lane a fire has broken out which is to ravage the city and its inhabitants. Battling, our elements of fire, plague and human life fight for control. Who will triumph?

      HIGHFIELD C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL
      "'BARA'"

        The Hebrew word for creation is "Bara" and it is used in the first chapter of the Bible, Genesis. It describes how God creates the world by giving form and purpose to pre-existing chaos. We have looked closely at Genesis and present to you our interpretation of one of the greatest stories ever told.

      LAURANCE HAINES SCHOOL
      "What's the catch?"

        Our piece looks at ethical fishing and the effects of over-fishing on our oceans. Our two shoppers face a dilemma; one brand is cheaper, but they can't help but wonder... what's the catch? Follow us under the sea to find out some more about where our fish comes from!

      MERTON JUNIOR SCHOOL
      "Do you believe in the magic of Christmas?"

        No matter how old you are, most still believe in the magic of Christmas. Watch and be enchanted by the magical events that happen on the night before Christmas. All is not what it seems with the presents.........

      ORCHARDS COMMUNITY SCHOOL
      "The Spider and The Fly"

        Will you walk into my parlour? Said the spider to the fly,
        Using Jewels and dead- bug buffets, our arachnid did try,
        To lure the helpless creature to his creepy web - spun lair,
        But Adornments failed to tempt her, avoiding the ensnare,
        Falling for his flattery while gazing through the looking glass,
        Vanity finally entrapped the fly and marked her foolish cards!

      ST JOHN'S PRIMARY SCHOOL
      "Private Peaceful"

        We show the journey of Tommo and Charlie, two brothers who join the army during WWI. The story 'Private Peaceful' written by Micheal Morpurgo sees Charlie being shot by the firing squad, the soldier's crime was to stop fighting, although the Germans were still shooting, in order to stay with his injured brother.

      ST MARK'S CE PRIMARY SCHOOL
      "Kaspar's Tale"

        Michael Morpurgo has the ability to weave wonderful stories around topical and historic events. The story we re - tell tonight follows the growing relationship between a cat called Kaspar, a bell boy, and the daughter of an aristocratic family. We will see how their emotional ties become challenged and strengthened in response to a significant event from the past.

      THORNHILL PRIMARY SCHOOL
      "Mother Earth"

        Many African peoples regard the earth as a deity who is the mother of all creatures - Mother Earth. Sometimes she will make grass grow when heaven gives her rain. However, fire too lives in the earth and she sometimes spits it out in anger. Mother Earth is a very powerful spirit who rules over our life and death.

      WELLOW SCHOOL
      "Hamelin's Broken Promise"

        A town has a problem. A flea-ridden, disease carrying kind of problem. An infestation problem that one man, a Piper, is entrusted to resolve. A problem that once resolved will cost the town - will cost them more than they are willing to pay. But will it cost them their future?

      WICOR PRIMARY
      "The Web of Dreams"

        Native Americans believe that evil thrives in bad dreams so they found a way of catching them. Their elders learned from the wise Iktomi, a spirit in spider form, how to spin a web which would catch the bad dreams and let only the good dreams pass through. Tonight, the power of the dream catcher lives on.

      WOODCROFT PRIMARY SCHOOL
      "Hard Knock Life"

        Life can be hard for children living in a strict orphanage without a loving family to take care of them. In this orphanage fun and games are forbidden and it is all about work and chores. That is until they discover something quite magical, giving them all a feeling of hope for the future.

      SOUTHERN OPEN FINAL "A" THEMES

      CHRIST THE KING COLLEGE
      "Deception of Pink"

        While exhibited in the museum, when no one is around, the Pink Panther diamond shows its true colours. A gang of robbers break in and replace it with a fake? This baffles the inspectors, who cannot solve the mystery. The real diamond outshines the fake diamond in a face off proving you need to keep it real.

      CORFE HILLS SCHOOL
      "Open your heart to literature your imagination will follow"

        “Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world”. Picking up a good book is hard to do in a fast-paced world, but truly falling in love with a character, crying when they cry and laughing when they laugh, is easy. Let the story of ‘Frankenstein’ into your hearts.

      COWES ENTERPRISE COLLEGE
      "Exodus"

        God spoke to Moses and said “I am the Lord. Tell the Israelites that I say to them I will rescue you and set you free from your slavery to the Egyptians. I will raise my mighty arm to bring terrible punishment upon them and I will save you. I will be your God and I will set you free”.

      DURRINGTON HIGH SCHOOL
      "Recipe for Murder"

        Partners in crime or loyal friends? Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett raid the larder of human depravity. The ingredients in their pies? Greed, ruthlessness and human flesh!

      KING RICHARD SCHOOL
      "A Love Story"

        Welcome to King Richard School's performance of 'A Love Story'.

      MAYVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
      "Born Without Wings"

        Over time dreams of air travel have become reality. From balloons, to biplanes, to space shuttles, follow our journey as we visit some of the influential and iconic aspects in the history of flight. As we seek for more, pushing the boundaries further we appreciate that new challenges bring risks and uncertainties: “Born Without Wings, With A Desire To Fly!”

      MONK'S WALK SCHOOL
      "Uprising"

        A totalitarian power governs the districts of Panem. As vengeance for a previous uprising, the twelve districts are forced to send two youths between the ages of 12 and 18 into The Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death which is televised to all and for which there can only be one winner.

      PARK COMMUNITY SCHOOL
      "The child within"

        Life is trouble for one little girl
        She lives inside her own special world
        She has no friends, to call her own
        But In her mind she's never alone
        Taunted and bullied, doesn't fit in
        Attacked by her monsters and demons within
        Her imaginary friend torn apart
        She goes through life with a broken heart

      PORTSMOUTH COLLEGE
      "The Bedlam Within"

        Set in 1883, we tell the story of Maggie, daughter of a wealthy family. Maggie is outspoken, unconventional and an embarrassment to her parents. Seen dancing with another woman at a Ball, her outraged Father decides to have her committed as a lunatic and sent to Bedlam. Will she convince anyone she is sane? Or succumb to the Bedlam within?

      QUEEN ELIZABETH'S SCHOOL
      "Just Another Day..."

        Just another summer’s morning at home. London, 2005. Tom and Freya head off to school, greeted by the good news that London will host the 2012 Olympic Games. Tom has forgotten his backpack and runs home Freya races ahead to catch the bus. No one could have known. This is a tribute to lives lost in 7/7 bombings.

      REGENTS PARK COMMUNITY COLLEGE
      "Could It Be Magic?"

        Torn between two worlds. A girl dazzled by the excitement of a magic show - her artistic side is tantalised by the world of performing arts. Her logical side knows that the years of study will soon be rewarded with a successful academic career. Should she follow her head or her heart?

      RICHARD TAUNTON SIXTH FORM COLLEGE
      "Beautiful Slave"

        Work abroad, no experience needed, all travel expenses paid...sounds good doesn't it? In 2010 human trafficking made more money than Coca Cola, and is the second largest criminal industry. Our piece tells the story of three young innocent girls, oblivious to the exploitation they are about to be exposed to. Kidnapped, forced, abused and turned into beautiful slaves.

      SOUTHERN PREMIER FINAL THEMES

      BRIDGEMARY SCHOOL
      "Led into disaster"

        Led into disaster.
        We are today,
        revising a tale,
        No time to stray.
        Stranger danger is our message,
        Beware the witches will take hold.
        Curiosity in this case,
        should be scarce.
        Listen and watch our story unfold.

      FINCHLEY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
      "The Hidden Hydes"

        We all know the famous story of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, but what you are about to witness is a unique twist on this classic tale. Introducing you to the secret Hyde family and the tragic consequences of their actions.

      THE MOUNTBATTEN SCHOOL
      "Secret Soul"

        Who would ever think that so much went on in the soul of a young girl? An open diary illuminated by a single light catches the eye. As the pages are turned and the story is told, a class of students are thrown into the world of Anne Frank where the magic of her imagination fights against her macabre reality.

      OAK ACADEMY
      "JUSTICE... is on its way"

        Admiration and respect for the families’ determination to search for the truth surrounding the Hillsborough disaster is held by many. Strength, hope and love saw the families win the right in 2012 to a new inquest. Despite disappointments and setbacks, this has continued for nearly a quarter of a century. Follow us on our journey…justice is on its way.

      RYDE ACADEMY
      "Never Never Known"

        The two boys believed their friendship would last forever, but rivalry, hatred and an unveiling animosity arose from the dark depths of their juvenile world. A foreboding story where preconceived perceptions are challenged and the beginnings of this beloved fairytale are revealed. Who is the real villain? Until now the truth behind 'Pan versus Hook' was never never known…

      SANDOWN BAY ACADEMY
      "Sweet Temptation"

        A shortcut home leaves Hansel and Gretel lost in an evil wood on Hallowe'en night. Their crumb of hope for escape wickedly stolen, they stumble upon a mysterious house and a pushy warlock dealing in dark deeds. Will they succumb to the warlock's hex or can they break free from the grim grip of temptation?

      SIR HENRY FLOYD GRAMMAR SCHOOL
      "The currency is TIME"

        Grace is one of the poor; her mum runs out of time driving her into depression until she meets a disillusioned rich stranger. The timekeepers are employed to ensure the social divide remains, however Grace is determined to show the rich that giving a little time can mean the difference between life and death.

      SOUTH DOWNS COLLEGE
      "We interrupt this broadcast....."

        The federal government has placed the country under a national quarantine. With the virus infecting a third of the population, panic is spreading across the nation, and people attempt to flee the cities. With survivors falling to infection, the human race is doomed. You are advised not to approach the infected. All radio and television broadcasts will now end transmission.

      TOTTON COLLEGE
      "A Look Inside A Soldier's Mind"

        In a given year 500,000 war veterans will become homeless. Charities that help integrate soldiers back into society, such as Help for Heroes, are few and far between; there isn’t enough professional support available. Those who risk their lives on the frontline often return home with mental illnesses they and their loved ones struggle to cope with.

      THE WYE VALLEY SCHOOL
      "When parallel worlds collide"

        Two Families experience the same joy of a new born baby being brought into the world. Little do they know they will lose them forever, but as a consequence of one another. No parent should out live their child.