Meet The Writer

November 1st, 2015 | Creative Arts School News Sixth Form

Name: Patrick Withey

Year: I am in Year 10

Studying: GCSE German, History, Drama and Games

Where did the inspiration come from for your play?

I have always been quite fascinated with the First World War, Last year I was lucky enough to go on the Belgium Battlefields Trip. I saw and heard some of the most inspiring sights and stories and decided to try write some of my own stories and poems, inspired by the great people who fought in the war.
It must be a pretty lengthy process, can you tell us a little bit more about the journey?
It actually started out as a homework. Our Drama ILP was about scripts and creative writing. We were asked to write a scene, but once I had done that I couldn’t stop, a page turned in to two and two pages turned in to a whole play. It took a few months to write and it is an ongoing process, I don\’t think a writers work is ever truly finished. when Mrs Greenness asked if we could use it for the Drama club I was thrilled,

How did you get in to Drama?

I have performed before in my primary school, taking part in their christmas or summer shows but my real love for Drama came from performing Les Miserables last year. I started off as Chorus which was immensely fun but a couple of weeks before the show I was asked to step in as the Bishop, that meant acting and singing solo and I have been hooked ever since.

How is the show going? It must be difficult juggling Writing, directing and performing.

It has been really challenging, I have a new found respect for the Drama Department and especially Mr Moore who directed Les Mis, controlling a cast is very handwork, especially when they are your friends. That said, it is also really rewarding, everyone is working really hard. Mrs Greenness, who runs the Drama club has been directing and helping shape the show and bring everything together, She has bags of enthusiasm and energy and it really helps me get through some of the tougher rehearsals.

What would you like to do in the future?

I am currently in my first year of GCSEs, I would like to continue studying Drama in to A-level and hopefully go on to university and study it. I am not sure what part yet, there are so many opportunities on stage, back stage, designing and creating. I hope I get to explore all this over the next few years.

When and Where can we expect to find this masterpiece?

The show is tying in with Remembrance on the 11/11. Tickets can be purchased online for £4 and there will also be a gallery of work, memorabilia and music in the atrium, donated by Radstock Museum, Bath Theatrical and Families who have WW1 Heroes. I think it is going to be a really lovely evening and I hope to see as many of you there as possible.