The Class Act Juniors have once again triumphed with the moving drama ‘Children of The Titanic – The Diary Of Alfie Croft’. The period drama set on the ill fated ship captivated the audience from beginning to end. Our young actors showed maturity far beyond their years and the discipline on stage truly amazed everyone – especially the parents!.
IN slightly less time than it took the Titanic to sink, Class Act Junior Theatre opened a porthole on a fictional account of children aboard the ship of dreams.
So much for the unwritten rule of women and children first.
The script, written by Classic Act principal David Wrightam, perhaps draws inspiration from Mark Twain’s The Prince And The Pauper.
It presents a chance encounter between children travelling first and third class who, fascinated by each other’s lives, swap clothes in order to explore beyond the social divide.
Through their character’s eyes, they reminded us that children possess a non-judgemental attitude though one that is not immune to their parents’ bias.
The discovery that poor people could actually read or the observation that working hard for little money is what they do, prompted wry laughter.
Inevitably, this was largely an ensemble production, allowing each young actor a cameo contribution, but there were notable performances.
Alicia Ellis, as the bookish Grace, personified her character’s name and Connor Wood was brimming with excitable wonderment as Lawrence.
Unfortunately, the ending to this story was never in doubt, but in this centenary year, it was a poignant reminder that, as so often throughout history, children are the innocent victims.