School, House and Independent Plays, 2014-2015

Michaelmas 2014

F Block Stage Crew Demonstration

Friday 12th 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.

From Morning Sun Till Dine


Angus Graham-Campbell

Thursday 2nd –Saturday 4th October Empty Space

From Morning Sun Till Dine is a drama about the intense emotional struggles of two young men at Edinburgh University, who find their relationship stretched to the limit by a life threatening issue. First seen about 25 years ago it has proved Angus’s most produced play, with productions at Eton, the Edinburgh Festival, The Pleasance London, the BBC (with Sam West and Ian Shaw) and about half a dozen Schools and Universities. Independent Play, directed by ACDG-C

The School Play

Joan Lttlewood’s Oh What a Lovely War by Theatre Workshop, Charles Chilton, Gerry Raffles and Members of the Original Cast.

Title suggested by Ted Allan.

Thursday 9th - Saturday 11th October Farrer Theatre 8.15

Oh What a Lovely War comments on the events of World War I using popular songs of the time, new parodies, and allegorical settings such as Brighton's West Pier to explore the manner in which the eventual victory was won. Directed and choreographed by RGS, Head of Theatre Studies; Musical Direction by ECY

The Lady Killers


Graham Linehan

Thursday 30th October-Saturday 1st November Caccia Studio 8.15

Classic black comedy caper: a sweet little old lady, alone in her house, is pitted against a gang of criminal misfits who will stop at nothing. Posing as amateur musicians, the villains plot to involve her unwittingly in a brilliantly conceived heist job. With only her parrot, General Gordon, to help her, Mrs W. is alone with five desperate men. But who will be forced to face the music? GRP House Play, directed by TJH, Director in Residence.

Daisy Pulls it Off


Denise Deegan

Thursday 6th – Saturday 8th November Farrer Theatre 8.15

In a transvestite homage to St Trinians, boys take on this parody of plucky schoolgirl ideals. Daisy Meredith, a scholarship girl, is forced to overcome the snobbish prejudice of wealthier girls. She and her best friend, Trixie Martin, search for missing treasure that could save the fortunes of the exclusive Grangewood School for Young Ladies. Along the way, Daisy overcomes false accusations, saves the lives of her enemies and discovers the identity of a mysterious stranger. What Larks! NCWS House Play, directed by HEO, Director of Drama

Punk Rock


Simon Stephens

Monday 10th –Wednesday 12th November 8.15 Empty Space

Set in the old school library and preparing for their A levels, the group of sixth formers are experiencing a world of pressure, bullying, stress, passion, lust and troubling thoughts. There’s the new girl, the heart-throb, best friends, bullying, body dysmorphia, mental issues and insecurities. It’s got the works! It’s a drama about school, relationships, home, ambition, optimism, and violence. It’s a drama about teenagers and it oozes teenage energy, spark, excitement and fear. It’s exciting, loud, tense, and shocking. Independent Play, directed by Jody Clark

Heart of a Dog


Mikhail Bulgakov

Thursday 20th- Friday 22nd November Caccia Studio 8.15

In this absurdist parable of the Russian Revolution, a world-famous Moscow professor -- rich, successful, and violently envied by his neighbours -- befriends a stray dog and resolves to achieve a daring scientific first by transplanting into it the testicles and pituitary gland of a dead man. But the results are wholly unexpected - distinctly, and worryingly, human. AJC House Play, directed by KMA

The Greek Myths


GCSE Drama students

Sunday 23rd November Empty Space 3.00 & 8.15

An evening of whacky and inventive physical theatre devised by GCSE Drama students: the Greek myths as you’ve never seen them before! Devised by the boys, assisted by RGS and TJH.

Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street


Christopher Bond

Wednesday 26th – Friday 28th November Farrer Theatre 8.15

Victim of an injustice that robbed him of his wife and child, Sweeney Todd exerts a terrible revenge on society, slitting the throats of his customers before passing them on to his neighbour, Mrs. Lovett, to be made into meat pies. A macabre thriller of romance and blood-thirsty revenge. Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd! PBS House Play, directed by JPB.

A2 Drama Devised Play

Saturday 29th November Empty Space 8.15

A2 Drama students devise a piece of original theatre, guided by RGS.

Lent 2015

The White Devil


John Webster

Thursday 15th – Saturday 17th January Caccia Studio 8.15

Webster's violent tragedy is one of the great works of Jacobean theatre. Duke Bracciano, besotted by the beautiful Vittoria, makes her an indecent proposal she can't refuse; she enlists the help of Flamineo to fool her husband, and begins an illicit affair. But the infidelity does not go unnoticed. Accusations of adultery are made and Vittoria and Flamineo find themselves snared in a web of corruption, passion and retribution as their single-minded pursuit of personal gain reaches an epic and bloody conclusion. TEJN House Play, Directed by APF



Hugo & Patrick McPherson

Tuesday 27th-Thursday 29th January Caccia Studio 8.15

Gardening is easy - killing things and keeping things alive. And it's Gary's joy. Recruited as part of a new council in the allotment commity of Chitwick, Gary is thrown into a society tainted by a savage crime. Anarchy flourishes as old meets new. This black comedy sews murder, mystery and mayhem amongst the root vegetables. An Independent production written and directed by Hugo and Patrick McPherson

Forty Years On


Alan Bennett

Thursday 5th-Saturday 7th February Farrer Theatre 8.15

Albion House, a British public school is putting on an end of term play. The play-within-the-play is about the changes to the country following the end of the Great War, and the loss of innocence and a generation of young men. Nostalgic and astringent, elegiac and unsettling, it is has been called ‘part play, part revue’. MJP House Play, directed by PB

Key for Two


Dave Freeman and John Chapman

Monday 9th – Wednesday 12th February Caccia Studio 8.15

In In this wickedly amusing play, Harriet, a divorcee living in an elegant flat in Brighton, solves her financial problems by entertaining two married gentlemen callers on different days of the week. The scheme faces collapse when her friend Anne, whose marriage is tottering, arrives at the flat hotly pursued by her husband and Harriet’s lovers’ wives. The indescribable confusion that ensues builds to a rich complexity of mistaken identity, splendidly farcical situations and a climax of comic wizardry. PGW play, directed by NCH.

Wild Honey


Anton Chekhov, Adapted and Translated by Michael Frayn

Thursday 5th-Saturday 7th March Caccia Studio 8.15

This award-winning adaptation produces a midsummer night's sex comedy tempered by moments of existentialist despair, not all of them serious. When a schoolteacher with a vaguely unconventional streak, returns to his in-laws' country house for the summer, he becomes the subject of irrepressible sexual yearning. A man primarily in love with himself, he is forced to juggle the advances of three women while his misunderstood wife is indoors with their baby. WFM play, directed by TJH, Director in Residence

House Drama Competition

Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th March Caccia Studio 8.15

Excerpts and Short Plays directed by boys. Master i/c H-EO, Director of Drama, assisted by JPB and KSSP.

Journey’s End


R.C. Sherriff

Sunday 15th March Empty Space 3.00 and 8.15

GCSE drama students perform in this WW1 Drama set in the trenches near Saint-Quentin, Aisne. The entire story plays out in the officers' dugout over four days from 18 March 1918 to 21 March 1918, during the run-up to the real-life events of Operation Michael. Directed by RGS, Head of Theatre Studies, assisted by TJH, Director in Residence.

Summer 2015

The School Play

Coram Boy


Helen Edmundson, with music composed by Adrian Sutton.

Thursday 30th April–Saturday 2nd May Farrer Theatre 8.15

Based on the 2000 Whitbread Award-winning novel of the same name by Jamila Gavin, this play is an epic adventure full of dastardly villains, cold-hearted aristocrats, devoted friend and passionate lovers, and set against a background of cruelty, music and murder in 18th century London. The story follows two orphans: Toby, saved from an African slave ship; and Aaron, the deserted illegitimate son of the heir to a great estate, along with the story of the slave-trader, Otis, and his simple son, Meshak. Their lives become closely involved with this true and tragic episode of British social history. Directed by JPB.

The Lower Boy School Play

Thursday 11th to Saturday 13th June Caccia Studio 8.15

Directed by TJH, Director in Residence.

H-E.O. August 2014