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School production - Playing from the Heart

The Drama and Music department invite friends of The Henry Beaufort School to their production of Playing from the Heart on Thursday 21st May

The Drama and Music department cordially invites friends of The Henry Beaufort School to their production of Playing from the Heart, by Charles Way on Thursday 21st May. The play tells the story of the world-renowned percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie. A gritty yet poetic piece, it tells the story of how Evelyn became a musician despite becoming profoundly deaf between eight and twelve years old. The play explores themes of family love, overcoming impossible barriers and the very nature of art/music. It also provides a rich mix of movement, music and text, and the performance will include live music, including some original pieces by pupils. 

The performance is raising awareness for the Elizabeth Foundation - a national charity supporting infants and preschool children, and their families, who suffer with hearing loss. The lead will be played by Year 10’s Lauren Rodger, who attended a nursery school of which Evelyn Glennie was the patron. Dame Evelyn forwarded her well wishes to the cast via a letter, where she encouraged Lauren “to keep [her] stubborn, determined traits shining through!”. Dame Evelyn also explained how despite the gradual loss of her hearing she ‘was determined not to let others dictate how and what [she] could experience”.

Cast members were encouraged by Dame Evelyn to use the opportunity to become aware of their own listening environment and awareness, and as they progress through their careers, to hold onto their curiosity and explore the parts in-depth in order to seek dimensions and traits that can be utilised within future performances.

Dame Evelyn signed her letter off with a profound and encouraging statement to Lauren – “Without exception, enjoy the experience and know that you could be planting the seeds for others to also push their own boundaries”.


During the interval, there will be a cake sale in order to raise money for the Elizabeth Foundation. Tickets are available from the Finance Office – Adults £4, Concessions £2. Please complete the slip included in the letter below and return to the Finance Office with payment. We look forward to seeing you there.


For more information on Dame Evelyn Glennie, please visit her website here, or follow on Twitter here.

For more information on the Elizabeth Foundation, please visit their website here.