MURDER and mayhem ruled supreme as a classic whodunit took to the stage.
Students from Barnard Castle School tackled the infamous count down to murder, And Then There Were None, sending the ten leading actors to oblivion in true Agatha Christie fashion.
The sinister three-night play was the culmination of three months’ rehearsals for Year 11, 12 and 13 students, one of two senior plays staged in the spring.
Co-director sixth former Cammy Glover worked with head of drama Scott Edwards, a cast of 11 and a back stage crew of students on the complex two-hour show.
Mr Edwards said: “It is a tricky plot with very wordy elements and the cast were brilliant at capturing the essence of arguably the world’s best crime writer.
“Our young technical crew did a great job with the set, lighting and sound which helped create the perfect mood to allow our young actors to do this classic tale justice.”
Headmaster Alan Stevens added: “The production is another example of our commitment to minority specialisms, such as theatre studies, ancient and modern languages, which remain key elements of our broad and balanced curriculum, contrasting sharply with the recent limiting changes in subject choices in many schools because of education funding issues.”
Leading roles were played by Amy Morrill, David Goldberg, Kira Meikle, Rachel Elphick, Andrew Gedye, Caleb Ellis, Cammy Glover, Adam Wanless, Leyla Sharafutdinova, Sam Farquhar and Michael Liu.