Once again Post-16 students at Walton High are celebrating their outstanding achievements, with 28 gaining the equivalent of 3 or more A*/A grades and 68 attaining at least 1 A*/A. Performance across the curriculum was pleasing and students were particularly successful in A Level Biology, Chemistry, Drama, Economics, French, Maths, Further Maths and Spanish.
The Venue hosted its smallest ever cast when Josh Opolot and Courtenai Terry-Smith appeared in Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter on Friday 5th July. This is a challenging play for both cast and audience but both performers captivated the house as Ben and Gus, two hit-men awaiting instructions in the basement of an old hotel. They have been waiting for some time and, as the play progresses, the hidden stresses and strains in their relationship start to show resulting in tense scenes with absurd arguments and flaring aggression. Both boys managed Pinter’s famous pauses and silences with a skill beyond their years and played the tension like maestros yet still managed to elicit chuckles from their audience. The Dumb Waiter’s surprise unresolved ending may have bewildered or even frustrated the audience but they still emerged knowing that they had witnessed fifty minutes of pure talent from Courtenai and Josh. Many thanks to Ben Butlin for his unseen cameo as Mr Wilson.