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Drama students at Southwark College produced and performed an adaptation of the 1977 play ‘Once a Catholic’ by Mary O’Malley as a part of their final project assessment in front of an audience of friends, family, and some invited guests from the performing arts industry.

Once a Catholic is a comedic play showing a retrospective view of the values of 1950s Catholic convent schools and the female adolescent response to those values. The play first premiered at the Royal Court Theatre on August 19th, 1977. 

This was the last show the students in the second year of the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts performed at Southwark College. Following the completion of their course, they will bring the knowledge, techniques, and transferable skills they learnt at the College with them when they head off to the next steps in their educational journey at university and drama school. 

Annette Cast, Principal at Southwark College said: “I am delighted to see our Drama students displaying their talent and creativity during their final assessment. It is wonderful that they had the opportunity to demonstrate their hard work and resilience and deliver an exceptional performance.  

“We are proud to have supported them in honing the knowledge and skills that are necessary for their development as performers and look forward to seeing them succeed in their chosen careers.

Phebe Boateng, Performing and Production Arts student, said: “My experience while preparing for the show was amazing. The dedication we each had to produce and perform the play and the drive we showed helped us to achieve our goal. While performing I felt a sense of freedom and accomplishment, I really enjoyed the experience, and I am more confident to perform in front of a live audience in the future.

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