“The show must go on!” said Director and Producer, Mrs Sarah Summerhayes, on 22 March 2016, the day Oliver House School, Nightingale Lane, Clapham was damaged by fire. The combined spirit of staff, parents and children shone brightly that evening, as they performed the school production, “Porridge” at the Ascension Church, Malwood Road.
The children of Oliver House put on a fabulous show with a hilarious production which told the story of a dastardly plot by Papa Bear to take over Happy Valley with his porridge empire. Nursery Rhyme characters all had their parts to play in foiling the plot. Little Bo Beep, Goldilocks, Humpty Dumpty, Wee Willy Winky, the Billy Goats Gruff and an excellent pantomime cow, called Marigold, all added to the drama and fun. There were lots of excellent song and dance routines and the well timed gags throughout the show kept the audience entertained throughout.
Parents were warmed and heartened by the play and the positive attitude of staff and children for the show to continue, in spite of the fire earlier in the day. Scripts and costumes had to be rescued from the building after it had been designated as safe to enter by the London Fire Brigade.
Ella Leonard, Chair of Governors praised staff, parents and pupils for their indomitable spirit and thanked the London Fire Brigade for acting so quickly to extinguish the fire and limit the damage to the building. The school’s insurers are working closely with the school and have already started repair work and the school intends to open as normal for the summer term.