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BSK students perform powerful drama
April 3, 2017, 4:08 pm

‘Hard to Swallow’ is a play by Mark Wheeller based on Maureen Dunbar’s award winning novel and film ‘Catherine: The Story of a young girl who died of Anorexia Nervosa’. People with eating disorders often struggle with body image issues and engage in unusual eating habits to alter their appearance and thereby, disrupt their normal activities. Anorexia is a condition where people see themselves as being overweight, or want to control the shape and size of a specific body part, even when they are extremely thin.

‘Hard to Swallow’ was performed over two evenings by Year 11 students studying GCSE Drama at the British School of Kuwait (BSK). With a cast of seven, simple costumes and small sets, the show was centered on the ability of the actors to assume multiple roles and to really get into character.

The focus of the audience was at all times on the person speaking their lines; there were no distractions. It really was theatre laid bare, and with a true storyline dealing with such a sensitive topic there was no room for error and the performances were superb, with all actors rising to the challenge and delivering a play that had the audience on the edge of their seats from start to finish.

The hour’s performance flew past but the memory and message contained within the script will remain for much longer; an epitaph to such a tragic life.


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