School and Independent Plays - Michaelmas 2012-Summer 2013
What's On At The Theatre?
F Block Stage Crew Demonstration
Friday 14th September Farrer Theatre 5.20
The Theatre’s capacity is revealed by the Farrer crew in a demonstration which culminates with a stunning light show.
Thursday 11th to Saturday 13th October Farrer Theatre 8.15
Imagine if, consumed by political ambition, the much-loved Boris takes a knife to David Cameron. Racked with guilt and paranoia, he becomes a tyrannical ruler. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the bloodbath swiftly takes a once-popular leader and his wife into realms of suspicion, madness, and death. School Play, directed by H-EO with music by Ryan Lau (BC).
Thursday 1st to Saturday 3rd November Caccia Studio 8.15
Christopher Marlowe’s classic play is filled with magic, hellfire and evil spirits. John Faustus has signed a contract in blood to give his soul to the devil, but as time ticks on he wishes he could go back on the dotted line. SMM House Play directed by ATO, Director-in-Residence.
Is he Dead?
Thursday 8th to Saturday 10th November Farrer Theatre 8.15
Only dead painters achieve fame and fortune; or so Jean-François Millet believes. So, to save himself from the clutches of a villainous money-lender and help his friends out of debt, he fakes his own death. Unfortunately, chaos ensues when he returns disguised as his own widowed twin sister! This fast-paced comedy combines elements of farce, burlesque and social satire and raises questions about fame, greed and the value of art. WFM House Play, directed by JPB.
Exit the King
Monday 12th to Wednesday 14th November Empty Space 8.15
Dramatic and profound, this play is a highly stylized account of the death of a once great leader. Set in a decaying throne room. Berenger, he Kingt, moves inexorably towards his fate; first discovering, then rejecting, and finally accepting its inevitability. Independent Play, directed by Hugh Gatenby (RPDF)
Anthony Horowitz, and
Thursday 22nd - Saturday 24th November Caccia Studio 8.15
In A Handbag, a group of young people are rehearsing The Importance of Being Earnest but, as they attempt to perform a play which is alien to them, it becomes apparent that their surroundings are not normal. As tensions mount, each young person's story starts to emerge. In Liar, a16-year-old boy moves to a new school determined to make his mark. We know nothing about him and, since he is a congenital liar, it is hard to be certain of anything. The play is a tribute to the High School Movie genre. AW House Play, directed by NCH.
Tamburlaine the Great
Wednesday 28th to Friday 30th November Farrer Theatre 8.15
By one of the star playwrights of the English Renaissance, this daring play paints the triumphs of a mighty conqueror in language as poetically captivating, forceful and powerful as Tamburlaine himself. The play refuses a simple glorification of violent conquest, highlighting the protagonist’s brutality and pride. But it is difficult not to admire Tamburlaine for his powerful life-force. A driving musical score and deft physical theatre make this a compelling production. TEJN House Play, directed by RGS with music by Tom Recknell OE
The Greek Myths
GCSE Drama students
Thursday 29th November Empty Space 6.00
An evening of whacky and inventive physical theatre devised by GCSE Drama students: it’s the Greek myths, Jim, but not as we know them. Directed by the boys assisted by RGS, with H-EO and ATO.
Will It Never Be Day?
Duncan Morrison & Jamie MacDonagh
Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th January Caccia Studio 8.15
The battlefield at Waterloo: a scene of constant chaos. The winner must seek to control the chaos, both his own and the enemy’s. True stories of cowardice, chivalry and brutality are reinvigorated in this vivid new presentation of the notorious and bloody conflict. NJR House Play, directed by Jamie MacDonagh.
This is Politics
Tuesday 29th to Thursday 31st January Caccia Studio 8.15
A family of four and their closest friend prepare to head to London to protest against the presence of British troops in the Middle East. As leaving time approaches, doubts set in, and the ties of family and friendship are put to ultimate tests. Independent Play, written and directed by Harry Darrel (RPDF)
And Then There Were None
Tuesday 7th – Thursday 9th February Farrer Theatre 8.15
Now on its third title, this famous play is a rarity for the Farrer Theatre: a thrilling traditional ‘Whodunnit?’. A bizarre group of eccentric characters are entrapped in a cliff-top mansion: one by one, they are horribly murdered: who is behind the dastardly deeds? And why? Who’s going to be next? BC House Play, directed by ACDG-C.
Andrew Sachs & Richard Dennis
Tuesday 11th to Thursday 13th February Caccia Studio 8.15
An hilarious burlesque which mercilessly parodies the mindless patriotism and fatuous plotting of Victorian melodrama. JMO’B House Play, directed by NCH.
Monday 25th & Tuesday 26th February Empty Space 8.15
Set in the 1960s, the age of rock ‘n’ roll and rebellions. The struggle for street supremacy among London’s East End gangs wages unabated. The fight is not just with rival gangs: it is with everything that makes life a drudgery- job, family and environment. violent, tender, obscene, sensual, poetic, earthy and exotic by turns
This violent black comedy’s fast-paced plot is given an immediate, physical-theatre treatment by the AS Drama students, directed by RGS with H-EO and ATO.
Of Mice and Men
Thursday 7th to Saturday 9th March Caccia Studio 8.15
Adapted by the author from his classic novella, Of Mice and Men tells the story of George and Lennie, two runaway drifters who find work on a Californian ranch during the Great Depression. With tenderness, humanity and wry humour, Steinbeck paints an unforgettable portrait of the unlikely friendship between the wiry, shrewd George and the giant, simple-minded Lennie. JDN House Play, directed by PB.
Thursday 14th – Saturday 16th March Caccia Studio 8.15
Excerpts and Short Plays directed by boys. Masters i/c JPB & KSKP
Sunday 17th March Empty Space 8.15
This multi-award-winning comedy, set during a late-night poker game in a contemporary London restaurant, explores the allure of gambling and the damage it can do. Written by"Alan Partridge" script-writer, Patrick Marber. GCSE Drama students, directed by RGS with H-EO and ATO.
Waiting for Godot
Thursday 25th to Saturday 27th April Empty Space 8.15
Beckett’s absurdist drama follows a pair of men who divert themselves while waiting expectantly, vainly for someone named Godot to arrive. To occupy the time they eat, sleep, converse, argue, sing, play games, exercise, swap hats, and contemplate suicide – anything to hold the terrible silence at bay. It is, perhaps, the most significant play of the 20th century. Independent Play, directed by Duncan Cornish
Thursday 2nd to Saturday 4th May Farrer Theatre 8.15
Set in the trenches in 1918 Journey's End gives a terrifying glimpse into the experiences of the officers of a British Army infantry company towards the end of World War I. The story, which plays out in a claustrophobic dugout over four days, is a powerful corrective to any romantic conception of war. Unsentimental and moving, it is a clear-eyed portrayal of the realities of war, and the loss of young life. School Play, directed by ML.
Lower Boy Play
Skin of Our Teeth
Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th June Caccia Studio 8.15
Written less than a month after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941, this play won the 1943 Pulitzer Prize for Drama while breaking all the rules of time and space. Combining farce, burlesque, and satire, and elements of the comic strip, Thornton Wilder’s classic gives us the Antrobus family, who are facing the end of the world onstage – but offstage, the plot, set and actors are in even greater disarray. Be prepared for the unexpected – even the characters exclaim, "I don't understand a word of this play!" Lower Boy Play, directed by ATO, Director in Residence