Nottingham Girls’ hosts 729 students from 15 schools for thought-provoking theatrical production of Protest

729 students from 15 schools, including 12 state-maintained and three independent schools, gathered to enjoy the thought-provoking production Protest by Hannah Lavery, captivatingly directed by Natalie Ibu on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th February 2024.  

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Brought to the stage by Fuel, Imaginate and Northern Stage in association with National Theatre of Scotland, and hosted at Nottingham Girls’ The Squire Performing Arts Centre, Protest follows Alice, Jade and Chloe. Running is Alice’s happy place – you might even say it’s in her DNA. She’s the best runner at her school but is struggling to prove her worth. Jade is slowly coming to realise that prejudices can be found everywhere, even in the most surprising places. Realising that her education is ill-equipped to encompass her own history and heritage, and taunted by bullies at school, she knows it’s time to tell her own story. Meanwhile, litter is piling up in the local forest, and all over the world an environmental crisis is looming. Chloe is determined to make a change, starting with the town. The three girls prepare to stand up for what they believe in despite the injustices stacked against them.

Reflecting on the impact of the production, Laura Fowler, Head of Nottingham Girls’ High School’s Infant and Junior School remarked, “So powerful and fitted so well with children’s mental health week, this week!”

Similarly, Mr Phillips, Head of Chilwell School, commented, “Protest encouraged our students to engage critically with the issues presented, and to consider different perspectives; fostering empathy and compassion in the process. It also opened up a dialogue on the effects and strategic use of sound, lighting, and set in the performance.” 

The success of Protest underscored the importance of accessibility to the arts through education, not only by giving so many children a first experience of theatre, but retelling an important message about the power of words and performance. Through partnerships with local schools, the Squire Performing Arts Centre is committed to widening access to the arts for the community and making theatre more accessible to everyone. 

The cast of Protest is made up of Kirsty MacLaren (The Crown, The Boys in the Boat) as Alice, Harmony Rose-Bremner (Fifteen-Love, Hamnet) as Jade and Amy Murphy (Holby City, Blood Brothers) as Chloe.

The full production team consists of Amy Jane Cook (Set & Costume Designer), Ali Hunter (Lighting Designer), Novasound (Sound Designer), Nadia Iftkhar (Movement Director) and  Natasha Haws (Associate Director) and Olissa Rogers (current Casting Director). Amy Blair served as original Casting Director.


GDST schools and partnerships

The GDST understands the power of partnership and the benefits it can bring, not just to our girls but to our staff, parents, alumnae and the wider community. At the GDST, we highly value collaborative work with schools across our network and we are involved in a range of formal and informal partnerships with all types of schools and charities.

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