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A3 Festival 2016

The A3 Festival 2016 was another excellent and highly entertaining weekend.

During the weekend there were seven dramatic performances, three music gigs, a fashion show, numerous art installations, our first ever lip sync competition and the windiest conga line ever.

It was great to see such variety in the drama this year. One moment you could be trying to solve a murder mystery and the next you could be immersed in the merry mayhem of Airplane or taking a trip to the wacky world of Madagascar. There was an exuberant Friends, a powerful and sinister Oliver Twist, a sensitive and moving Browning Version and a collection of sketches portraying the various horrors of adolescence!

The festival also included some outstanding music. The rock gig on Saturday night was as vibrant as ever and the musical mash-up in the Main Hall on Sunday afternoon took us from Bowie to Brahms to Elvis.

The fashion show was fun and creative and the lip sync final saw Joe S emerge victorious. The school was filled with a colourful collection of art, from tin foil balls suspended in mid air, to numerous photos of A3 pupils in a variety of strange and unusual guises!

Many thanks to the whole A3 year for their enthusiasm, teamwork and creativity, and particularly to all the pupils who were brave enough to take responsibility for directing plays or organising gigs, the fashion show or any of the art installations. Many thanks also to the wonderful backstage team, lead by Abby H and, of course, to the enthusiastic audiences that made all the effort worthwhile. The A3 Festival lives on!

See more photos here.

Read the Head's thoughts on the importance of the A3 Festival in her blog post Piercing the Gloom.