DNA – A Studley Performance

Amongst the darkness of an unnamed wood, a lawless gang are trying to bury a dark secret. The group need someone to take charge, but who can they trust? Who do they follow? While lies spiral and tension mounts, everyday adolescence twists and turns into an anarchic game of survival.

Following a West End premier last year, KS4 Studley Drama students performed Dennis Kelly’s dark tale, ‘DNA’. With only a small cast of 13 students, they were superb; it was a sell out performance! They have worked tirelessly since September to rehearse, giving up October half-term to make sure the performance was ‘show-ready’. It would be impossible to pick out individual performances, due to them all contributing to the excellent standard of acting on the night.

Miss Hinde, Curriculum Area Leader for Performing Arts wrote this Director’s note:

It has been an absolute pleasure directing DNA with this talented cast. They have worked tirelessly, giving up so much of their time for rehearsals.

The students challenged themselves to understand the detailed plot, challenging me to question my own directorial ideas. The cast were extremely innovative.

I would like to say a special thank you to Amber Winspur, Jack Batley and Abbie Wheeler as this is their last opportunity to be involved in a Studley drama before they leave us at the end of the academic year. They have both been inspirational to me and other pupils.


The cast members: Chavez Wellington, Amber Winspur, Lois Delaney, Alice Kerride, Ella Ryan, Mary Thacker, Jamie Fletcher, Kirsty Vale, Tanisha- Jade Morgan, Jace Harris, Jack Batley, Ellie Sanders and Ellie Hexley.