John Cabot Academy’s annual production was a return to the 1920s for a non-stop performance of fun, entertainment and charmingly madcap routines, staging their very own version of the acclaimed West End musical Bugsy Malone.

The story follows the rivalry between two half-witted street gangs and the washed up, well-intentioned, one-time boxer who steps in to take control of Fat Sam’s gang and give Dandy Dan and his boys what they’ve got coming. In this comedy production, the message is one of good, clean fun; the characters are wonderful cartoon cutouts; and the weapons of choice are “splurge” whip cream guns, flour bombs, and custard pies.

Starring Year 10 student Harry Bowley as Bugsy Malone, he was supported by a very strong cast which included Blousey Brown who is double cast and was played by Mabel Hutton & Flo Tunstall. Tallulah is double cast and was played by Mariama Sanneh & Callie Brooks-Davis. Fizzy was played by Alassan Singhateh, Fat Sam was played by Cassidy Bryant and Dandy Dan was played by Jasmine Gotts.

There were over 50 students from years 7-11 in the cast, four in the sound and lighting team led by a Year 10 student Ethan Leaman and five students backstage working on set design and stage management. In addition, there was a live band featuring three Year 11 GCSE Music students and a Year 10 GCSE Music student and our resident flute teacher, Mr Shepherd.

Charlotte Grierson Curriculum Leader for Performing Arts and Ms Shousha Nady Teacher of Drama said, “We are incredibly proud of all of the students and all of their hard work and commitment over the last few months. They have been learning their lines, songs and cues tirelessly, and we really enjoyed three fantastic performances. Students from Boomsatsuma Film & Media also came along to professionally film and record the audio so that we could make top quality DVDs!”