16 March 2022
Upper Sixth Spanish students enjoyed a performance of Lorca’s “La Casa de Bernarda Alba” at the Cervantes Theatre, London on Tuesday 15 March. Teacher of Spanish Miss Banton, who accompanied them on the trip, said, “It was a fantastic experience to watch the play performed solely in Spanish, bringing to life what we have been studying this year as our A Level text. The students were excited to see all the characters, in particular the famous ‘Bernarda’ and ‘Maria Josefa’, in the flesh and witness the triumph of ‘Adela’ as she broke ‘the baston’!“
The following day, Onatti Productions brought a performance of “En El Campamento” to the Woldingham auditorium for students studying Spanish in Years 9 and 10. Lorca it wasn’t, but it was a very enjoyable and engaging production, perfectly-pitched to be easily understood – and enthusiastically participated in - by students at this level.
As well as the two excellent productions, students in Years 11 and Lower Sixth joined Head of Spanish Señor López for a lunchtime “In Conversation With” session with alumna Charlotte Devine (2018), who is reading Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Cambridge. A standout point among lots of useful information and advice from Charlotte was hearing how much she wishes she had done an EPQ while at Woldingham as she now realises what great preparation it would have been for university study.