WHAT’S ON AT THE THEATRE?
School, House, Independent and Curricular Drama Plays, 2017-2018

2017/18 season
Performances start at 8.15pm unless otherwise stated. Information was correct at the time of publication.


MGHM House Play
TOTALLY OVER YOU
by Mark Ravenhill
SURE THING
by David Ives
in the Caccia Studio
Tuesday 26th September – Thursday 28th September

Totally Over You
Fame.  Everything that teenage girls dream of.  But how much are they willing to sacrifice to get there?
Follow the story of four young girls and their desperate attempts to become celebrities.  This delightful retelling of Moliere’s tale by Mark Ravenhill takes a satirical swipe at the vacuity of modern life.
Directed by Max Arlott 

Sure Thing
What if two would-be lovers are given the chance to start again?
In this short one act play an off-stage bell resets the conversation every time the suitor goes off the rails 
But will all this supernatural help ensure they live happily ever after?
Directed by Nick Hulme

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School Play
THE ALCHEMIST
by Ben Jonson
in the Farrer Theatre
Thursday 12th October – Saturday 14th October

“The most perfect plot ever planned” – Coleridge.
The Alchemist is Ben Jonson’s comic masterpiece: a riotous journey of chaos, confusion and brilliant plotting.
A conman, a prostitute and a bored butler set up house in London and proceed to gull a fantastical array of willing victims, until they hear some terrifying news…
Reset in Dickensian London and performed at breakneck speed it fuses dazzling wordplay and comic invention in an explosive combination.
Directed by Scott Handy, Produced by Hector Maclennan and Music by Jonathan Woolgar

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Independent Play
FOUR MINUTES, TWELVE SECONDS
by James Fritz
in the Empty Space
Thursday 9th November – Saturday 11th November

17-year-old Jack is on course for great things.  His parents, Di and David, do everything they can for him.  Their support is unwavering - until one day, when Jack is attacked outside the school gates.  What seems an isolated incident soon escalates, leading Di and David to question their son and, ultimately, themselves.  In this provocative new play by James Fritz, nothing is taken for granted, and no one is who they seem.
Directed by Ben Galvin 

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DWG House Play
The THREEPENNY OPERA
Music by Kurt Weill, Book and Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
in the Farrer Theatre
Thursday 16th November – Saturday 18th November

A landmark of twentieth-century musical theatre, The Threepenny Opera comes to the Farrer in a bold new production. Allow yourself to be swept up in Soho's seedy underworld, as you revel in this vivid and darkly comic classic.
Directed by George Chilcott and Musical Director David Goode

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GCSE Drama Students
GCSE DEVISED DRAMA PIECE
by GCSE Drama students
in the Empty Space Thursday 23rd November at 8.15pm
& Thursday 30th November at 6.15pm

A program of inventive physical theatre created by GCSE Drama students: 
Devised by the boys, assisted by Rebecca Steel, Scott Handy and Scott Hurran

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AMM House Play
OUR TOWN
by Thornton Wilder
in the Caccia Studio
Thursday 30th November – Saturday 2nd December

This Pulitzer Prize–winning drama of life in the small village of Grover’s Corners has become an American classic and is Thornton Wilder’s most renowned and most frequently performed play.  This simple story exposes the stark truth of human existence as two people fall in love, marry, and live out their lives.
Directed by Scott Hurran

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ASR House Play
BLACK COMEDY
by Anthony Shaffer
in the Caccia Studio
Thursday 18th January – Saturday 20th January

"Black Comedy" is a brilliantly inventive one act farce written by Peter Shaffer. When a fuse blows and the lights go out in Brindsley Miller's apartment the fun begins for the audience, if not for Brindsley; he’s "borrowed" furniture from the antique collector next door, hoping to impress his fiancée’s father, now it needs to be returned and there isn’t much time…
Directed by Peter Broad

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Independent Play
BLUE/ ORANGE
by Joe Penhall
in the Caccia Studio
Wednesday 24th January – Friday 26th January

Joe Penhall’s Olivier Award winning play still packs a hefty punch 15 years after its debut.  Confronting the tricky issues of mental health and race in England, Blue/Orange centres on a young man, Christopher, who thinks oranges are blue and believes the late Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin, is his father.  When his two doctors argue about the extent of his illness, at first their intentions appear pure, but darker purposes are soon revealed.
Directed by Alex Marks

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College House Play
SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER
by Oliver Goldsmith
in the Farrer Theatre
Thursday 1st February – Saturday 3rd February

Drunken debauchery, marvellous manners, costly carriages and libidinous language.  Oliver Goldsmith’s triumphantly amusing comedy comes to the Farrer Theatre.  Contains dancing, dicing and annoying alliterations.
Directed by Marco Liviero 

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NPTL House Play
ARTHUR & GEORGE
by David Edgar – Based on the novel by Julian Barnes
in the Caccia Studio
Monday 5th February – Wednesday 7th February

A detective thriller based on the true story of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, asked to solve the riddle of the false imprisonment of Birmingham solicitor George Edalji and the mystery of the ‘Great Wyrley Outrages’ - a story about guilt, innocence, identity, nationality and race. - an edge-of-the-seat theatrical ‘whodunnit’, as gripping as any Sherlock Holmes mystery.
Directed by Jonathan Barker

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A Level Drama Students
A LEVEL DRAMA PERFORMANCE
in the Empty Space
Wednesday 21st & Thursday 22nd February

An exciting evening of monologues, duologues and a whole group performance from the B Block A Level Drama and Theatre Studies students.
Guided by Rebecca Steel

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JDN House Play
BRAINSTORM
by Ned Glasier, Emily Lim and Company Three
in the Caccia Studio
Thursday 1st March – Saturday 3rd March

‘My brain is broken. It's like an adult's brain that doesn't work properly.’ Brainstorm is a unique theatrical investigation into how teenagers’ brains work, and why they’re designed by evolution to be the way they are.  It is a play about what it is like to be a teenager: confusing, frustrating and terrifying but also exciting, vibrant and electrifying.  It promises to be the most relatable play you will see this year.
Directed by Scott Hurran

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THE HOUSE DRAMA COMPETITION
in the Caccia Studio
Thursday 15th March – Saturday 17th March

A series of excerpts and short plays directed by boys in the hope of winning the prize for best house drama performance.  Come along and cheer your team and check out the opposition.
Masters in charge Jo Rainey and Jonathan Barker

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GCSE Drama Students
GCSE DRAMA PERFORMANCE
in the Empty Space
Sunday 18th March @ 3.00pm

The GCSE drama students perform in an exciting selection of scripted pieces.
Directed by Rebecca Steel and Scott Hurran

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The Summer School Play
OTHELLO
by William Shakespeare
in the Farrer Theatre
Thursday 26th April – Saturday 28thApril

This extraordinary tale of jealously, deception and murder is brought to life in the summer school play. Together with Macbeth in the Caccia studio, the season ends with two of Shakespeare’s most celebrated and provocative works.
Directed by Scott Handy

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A Level Drama Students
A LEVEL DEVISED PIECES
in the Empty Space
Tuesday 15th May 

Inventive and dynamic devised pieces inspired by the work of Complicite; created and performed by the C Block Drama and Theatre Studies students.
Guided by Rebecca Steel

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The Lower Boy Play
MACBETH
by William Shakespeare
in the Caccia Studio
Thursday 7th June – Saturday 9th June

This will be unlike any Macbeth you have seen before. Join the Lower Boys in this fast-paced murderous journey of betrayal and power, in an abridged 90 minute adaption of this Shakespearean classic.  Brave young General Macbeth receives a prophecy from three witches telling him that he is destined to become the King of Scotland.  Macbeth becomes consumed with guilt
 Directed by Scott Hurran

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Performances start at 8.15pm unless otherwise stated. Information was correct at the time of publication. For more information on Farrer productions or ticketing please see AJM/PDAM or email farrertickets@etoncollege.org.uk