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Jubilee Play Celebrates Every Decade Of The Queen’s Reign

The Spice Girls 'reformed' for a very special visit to each decade of The Queen's 70-year reign as pupils at Reynolds Academy celebrated her Platinum Jubilee, performing to hundreds of parents and carers.

Four hundred children performed to parents, carers and governors as Reynolds Academy celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a special play that visited each of the seven decades of Her Majesty’s reign.

Hundreds of visitors packed the Academy Hall each afternoon this week to watch the play, as pupils took on the roles of The Queen and her grandchildren in a time-travelling performance that visited every decade from 1952 to 2022.

Children from Years 1-6 took part in the play, which highlighted major events from each decade, including the The Queen’s coronation in 1952;  the moon landing in 1969; the troubles in Northern Ireland in the 1970s; Margaret Thatcher’s reign as Prime Minster throughout the 1980s; the creation of the internet by Tim Berners-Lee in 1983; Live Aid in 1985; the formation of the European Union in 1993; the opening of the Channel Tunnel in 1994; the death of Princess Diana in 1997; the opening of the Millennium Dome in 1999; the 2012 London Olympics; and the Covid Pandemic 2020.

The children sang a range of songs to celebrate each decade, beginning with Que Sera Sera by Doris Day in the 1950s; The Beatles ‘There Are Places I Remember’ in the 1960s; Rod Stewart’s ‘Maggie May’ in the 1970s and Abba’s ‘Mama Mia’; Madness with ‘Our House’ in the 1980s; The Spice Girls ‘Stop’ in the 1990s; The Zutons ‘Valerie’ in the 2000s; McFly’s ‘It’s All About You” in 2018; and ‘Sweet Caroline’ by Neil Diamond to mark the Euro 2020 Football Tournament.

Reynolds Academy Principal Rebecca Scott said the response from parents and carers had been fantastic and the children had worked so hard to produce the play. 

“We wanted to do something that celebrated the whole 70 years of The Queen’s incredible reign and demonstrate just how many major events have happened during that time,” she said.

“The children have worked so hard to make this work and every afternoon the hall has been full, with more than 125 parents and carers in each day. We are delighted to have been able to perform in person for everyone and we hope they all enjoyed it.”

The Monarch and her grandchildren take a trip through time with the Crown Jewels to visit each decade of her reign.

Above and below: Children from Years 1-6 celebrate every decade of Her Majesty's 70-year reign with songs and theatre.

'Rod Stewart' gave a special performance from the 1970s.

Wham brought back the 1980s.

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Reynolds Academy Principal

Rebecca Scott