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'David V Goliath' opera receives anti-Bullying award
Cast of 'David V Goliath'
The cast of 'David V Goliath' range from 10 to 17 years of age

A rock musical performed by children in West Oxfordshire has received national recognition.

'David V Goliath' has been given the The Diana Anti-Bullying Award, presented by author Philip Pullman.

The play was originally performed for four sold out nights at the Witney Corn Exchange by pupils of The Witchwood School of Rock.

Writer Lee Wyatt-Buchan believed it was the play's strong message that led to its rave reviews.

"The idea was to write a musical that had a point," he told BBC Oxford.

"My real motivation was to write a musical for schools and I thought a good idea would be to focus it on bullying."

Robin Martin-Oliver directed the show which included a cast of 20, with performers aged between ten and 17 years, with one adult performer.

Schools nationwide will now have access to the script and score of 'David V Goliath', as per the writer's original vision.

"We still want to work with schools and have school packs available to use as a tool to talk about how to deal with bullying. It's so important, it's so difficult to deal with and this is a fun way.

"Obviously it's rock music so it's current and from what we've seen with our young cast - who were fantastic - they really responded well with the script and the music and the message."

The Anti-Bullying Alliance came to view the show in April and subsequently put it forward for the award.

"A month later through the post we had the letter saying we'd won the national anti-bullying award from the Diana charity so we were really stoked."

Lee Wyatt-Buchan has since signed a contract with producers in London to bring the musical to a wider audience.

A UK tour will take place next Autumn, with a London run in early 2012. The show will be featuring a professional cast but the emphasis will be on casting new talent.

"We as a creative team are so proud of the guys to get this far," said Lee Wyatt-Buchan.

"To win this award is fantastic."




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