January 9th 2019
The English department are organising a drama festival this January celebrating the expressive Arts. This will include two dramatic productions and a number of Slam poetry presentations.
The first production is an abridged version of William Shakespeare’s Play ‘The Taming of the Shrew.’ The performances are due to take place next week starting on Wednesday and finishing on Friday (16th-18th January). This hilarious comedy stars Jack French as the mad-cap and unpredictable Petruchio who agrees to marry, and tame, the ferocious Kate (Joshua Woodlands). Kate’s quiet and, apparently, dutiful sister Bianca (Dom Holmes) is then free to be married to a whole host of extraordinary potential suitors. Kate is then taken to live in Petruchio’s house. She soon realises that Petruchio can be far more of a monstrous bully than she ever was as he sets about threatening his servants and giving vent to his explosive temper.
Meanwhile, Kate’s relieved father Baptista (Ben Smith) must decide which suitor he will choose to marry Bianca. The dashing Lucentio (Will Brammer) disguises himself as Bianca’s tutor in order to woo her in secret while his servant, the mischievous Tranio (Alec Brown), pretends to be the real Lucentio.
The play concludes with a reversal of fortunes for the two sisters and their respective husbands which is enormously satisfying for the audience. The play is also populated by some bizarre and ancient gentleman as well as an array of lunatic servants who will prove enormously entertaining.
The production is suitable for family audiences but may be a little too demanding for younger children.
The second production takes place on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd of January. The evening consists of a short play and some live poetry written and performed by the students.
The play is called ‘The Reluctant Reader’ and takes place in the school library. Gordon (Sam Tincknell) is a boy with an extraordinary imagination. While spending his holiday with his grandparents,(Ollie Edwards and Harry Roberts) he discovers a library of books whose stories come to life.
His unwitting and annoying cousin Piers (Emerson Beith) is also dragged into the stories that pursue them in their everyday lives. You may never want to go into a super market or travel on a train again after you watch this comedy caper.
The play will be followed by a number of thought-provoking poems written and read by KS3 students.
This production is suitable for family audiences.
Both productions begin at 5.30 p.m. ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ takes place in E4 and ‘The Reluctant Reader ‘ in the Big School Library. Both productions include an interval where refreshments can be purchased.
Tickets cost £6 for adults and £4 for concessions; they can be purchased from the school reception.
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