MFL: French Classes Enjoy 'Shipwrecked En France'

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Children from Year 2 to Year 6 were entertained brilliantly at the Prep School recently by the 2-person cast and crew of Onatti Production’s slapstick 'Franglais' play Shipwrecked en France.

The 50-minute production kept its audience entertained from start to finish, with John Chandler and Magali Swift transformed into a range of hilarious and utterly believable characters in a story about a young English boy whose dinghy goes adrift while on holiday in France.

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Getting back to his parents – who he knows will be extremely anxious – proves a bit of a mission, not least because he keeps bumping into Emilie, a well-meaning French girl who is a little too direct for his liking.

Oddly, Emilie keeps disappearing from the stage while a range of other characters take her place – a surf instructor, a very bossy policewoman and someone rather suspect who seems to have designs on our young man – all of whom need audience participation of some sort, which pupils were only too happy to provide!

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Eventually, Emilie helped Callum back to the hotel, where his parents hadn’t noticed he was missing!

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The dialogue was partly in French with a good smattering of key French vocabulary, and Callum broadened his vocabulary along with the audience – a nice touch that helped the children to feel at ease in offering their French to him.

 

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