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#RSMFridayFastFive – Mrs Rushby

Welcome to our first #RSMFridayFastFive. Today, Phillipa Rushby, Head of English & Drama, answers five quickfire questions:

Favourite book as a child? – ‘The Swish of the Curtain’, by Pamela Brown. It’s about a group of children who discover a disused old church hall and form their own theatre company, performing regularly and eventually winning a drama festival where the prize was a scholarship to drama school. ‘Ballet Shoes’, by Noel Streatfeild was another. My favourite books to share with my class are ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar and ‘The Wreck of the Zanzibar’, by Michael Morpurgo.

Favourite subject when you were at school? – English and Drama of course!

Why do you love drama? My love for Drama began at secondary school.My drama teacher, Mrs Davies, was an inspiration. I was in several musicals and took A’ level Theatre Studies. I then went on to study Drama in Education (with the legendary Mrs Mac!) at Cambridge University.

Ever won an award? I was lucky enough to work with a really good group of actors after my degree and we produced a cutting edge piece called ‘Tissue’ by Louise Page for the South of England Drama Festival and I won the Best Actress Award.

Favourite quote? It is from Winnie the Pooh:

‘What day is it?’ asked Pooh
‘It’s today’ squeaked piglet
‘My favourite day!’ said Pooh.

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