Six local Hampshire schools competed whilst premier teams Purbrook Park School, Waterlooville and Sandown Bay Academy, Sandown showcased on day four of the 2015 Be Your Best Portsmouth Rock Challenge.
Barton Peveril Sixth Form College were awarded first place with their performance ‘A world beyond the page’.
Barton Peveril brought classic characters and stories to life as they took the audience on a journey through Fitzgerald’s roaring 1920’s, Carroll’s colourful Wonderland and created Shelley’s menacing Frankenstein’s monster. Barton Peveril’s fast paced and brilliantly executed choreography impressed the audience and judges whilst the vibrant and intricate costumes truly shaped their magical piece. This performance has qualified Barton Peveril straight through to the Southern Open Final held at Portsmouth Guildhall in June.
In second place were Portsmouth College with their theme ‘Los Desaparecidos’. Based on the real life events in Argentina, where thousands of people were snatched from their beds and vanished between 1976 and 1983, Portsmouth College retold the haunting story of the disappeared. Portsmouth College used their soundtrack to create an eerie and tense atmosphere whilst their expressive characterisation and choreography added impact to a striking performance.
In their tenth year competing in Rock Challenge, The Petersfield School were awarded third place for their piece ‘We all fall down.’ Focusing on the current Ebola outbreak The Petersfield School reminded us that, regardless of how advanced and strong we believe we are as a species, we are powerless against some viruses. Petersfield’s bold story was portrayed through dynamic choreography and dramatic storytelling whilst their infectious soundtrack created further atmosphere. During the event day strong emphasis is put on watching and supporting the other schools. Every team taking part is given the opportunity to vote for their favourite performance and The Petersfield School were also recognised by their peers and voted as the winners for the Performers’ Choice Award!
Due to their success in previous years Purbrook Park School and Sandown Bay are in the Rock Challenge® Southern Premier Division and were showcasing their pieces tonight in preparation for the 2015 Southern Premier Final held at Portsmouth Guildhall in June.
Purbrook Park performed an enchanting pirates adventure for their 10th year involved in Rock Challenge® in their piece ‘Forty Fathoms Deep’. In addition to Purbrook’s lively choreography their impressive scenery made for a colourful, upbeat piece. For their showcase performance Purbrook Park were given Premier Awards of Excellence in the following areas: Choreography, Performance Skill, Drama, Soundtrack, Costuming Character, Visual Enhancement and Entertainment.
Sandown Bay chose to retell the story of the devastating 2004 Tsunami as they performed ‘Thale Khlụ̄̀n’. From start to finish Sandown created a poignant and emotional piece with powerful characters and a haunting soundtrack. Sandown Bay were presented with Premier Awards of Excellence for their atmospheric piece in the following areas: Choreography, Performance Skill, Drama, Soundtrack, Entertainment and Video Performance.
The event, held at Portsmouth Guildhall, attracted a large audience and was supported by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire County Council, Association of Chief Police Officers Criminal Records Office, Hampshire Drug and Alcohol Action Team, Portsmouth City Council, HC3S and Hampshire Healthy Schools.
Mayor of Havant, Councillor Marjorie Smallcorn presented the award for first place last night and commented; “It was absolutely incredible, sitting up there in the circle you see absolutely everything. It’s so exciting the noise, the commotion and the acts were just incredible!”