WHAT’S ON AT THE THEATRE?
School, House, Independent and Curricular Drama Plays, 2018-2019

2018/19 season
Performances start at 8.15pm unless otherwise stated. Information was correct at the time of publication.

Michaelmas 2018
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PGW House Play

The IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

by Oscar Wilde

in the Caccia Studio

Tuesday 18th September – Thursday 20th September

PGW presents The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde's much-loved comedy, featuring feckless suitors, formidable fiancees, and a famously ferocious future mother-in-law. Confused identities abound and a 28 year old mystery is finally solved. Full of glittering word play and brazen deceit, the whole is wrapped up in a world of privilege and power entirely supported by put-upon maids and butlers. Not only is this a brilliant and scathing commentary on Society, but a wickedly funny one at that. 

Directed by Katya Allott and assisted by Will Webster

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School Play

THE CRUCIBLE

by Arthur Miller

in the Farrer Theatre

Thursday 4th October – Saturday 6th October

Miller’s timeless classic is an unforgiving tale of betrayal, redemption and tragic inevitability. As the town of Salem is ravaged by rumours and fake news the fear of witchcraft destroys reputations and lives. How far are we prepared to go to protect the truth? How far can we protect our name?

Directed by Marco Liviero and assisted by Grace Vaughan

 

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Independent Play

MOJO

by Jez Butterworth

in the Empty Space

Thursday 1st November – Saturday 3rd November

Mojo takes us on a brutally funny journey through the seedy, amphetamine-fuelled, Rock’n’Roll underbelly of 1950s London.

Fast paced, terrifying, yet brilliantly ludicrous, this Tarantino-esque play catapulted Butterworth to his first Olivier Award and sparked a new genre of British crime drama.

Directed by Will Comaish

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RDO-C House Play

ENRON

by Lucy Prebble

in the Farrer Theatre

Thursday 15th November – Saturday 17th November

One of the most infamous scandals in financial history is transformed into a theatrical epic. Mixing classical tragedy with savage comedy, the fast-paced production follows the group of people who were responsible for creating the financial monster that became the company Enron. The hot ticket of the west end in 2009 promises to take the Farrer theatre by storm.

Directed by Rebecca Steel

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GCSE Drama Students

GCSE DEVISED DRAMA PIECES

by GCSE Drama students

in the Empty Space Thursday 22nd November at 8.15pm

& Thursday 29th November at 6pm

A program of inventive physical theatre created by GCSE Drama students:

Devised by the boys, assisted by Rebecca Steel, Scott Handy and Grace Vaughan

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BJH House Play

IS HE DEAD?

by Mark Twain

in the Caccia Studio

Thursday 29th November – Saturday 1st December

Jean-François Millet is a talented young painter, but is seriously in debt. When the money-lender, Bastian André, claims his money back Millet concludes that only dead artists make any money so decides to fake his own death. In order to claim the earnings from his paintings he returns as his own twin sister. Unfortunately, André falls in love with the ‘sister’. False legs, bald wigs, sausage dogs and a coffin full of smelly cheese all feature in the hilarious antics that ensue. A very funny, farcical romp to end the Michaelmas Half.

Directed by Jonathan Barker

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JCAJ House Play

ZERO FOR YOUNG DUDES

by Alistair McDowall

in the Caccia Studio

Thursday 17th January – Saturday 19th January

The inmates at a bizarre summer camp are plotting a revolution. Or has it already happened?

Spending a day watching their schedule of exercise, lessons and meals, a long history of unrest and injustice lies hidden, and as the day wears on, a violent future looms large on the horizon.

Directed by Grace Vaughan

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Independent Play

AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE

by Henrik Ibsen (translated by Rebecca Lenkiewicz)

in the Caccia Studio

Tuesday 22nd January – Thursday 24th January

Is the strongest man in the world he who stands most alone?

Ideological Doctor Stockmann discovers his town’s main tourist attraction is a death trap and sets out to shut it down. In his way stand his family, the elite of the town and his dearest friends.

Ibsen’s Classic is reimagined in the context of the modern political climate, where even the truth can corrupt the ideals of men. It’s fast, it’s colloquial, and it’s never been more relevant.

 Directed by Adrien Rolet and Ivo Pope

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JMG House Play

ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS

by Richard Bean

in the Farrer Theatre

Thursday 7th February – Saturday 9th February

A triumph at the National and on Broadway ‘One Man’ is one of most dynamically funny plays of recent times.  Set in 1960s Brighton, it follows the hilarious adventures of our hapless hero, as he tries to serve two underworld masters. Gangsters, gags, live 60s music and rollicking farce combine in an explosive and entertaining evening of theatre.

Directed by Angus Graham Campbell

Musical Direction by Nick Goetzee

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EJNR House Play

DNA

by Denis Kelly

in the Caccia Studio

Monday 11th February – Wednesday 13th February

In a world defined by self-interest and power, where is the incentive to protect the vulnerable? To follow willingly? To admit something that may destroy the future ahead of you? Dennis Kelly's DNA explores the attraction of immorality for a group of dysfunctional teenagers, and as tension mounts in this black comedy, proves how quickly things can go terribly wrong.

Directed by Jo Rainey

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A Level Drama Students

A LEVEL DRAMA PERFORMANCE

in the Empty Space

Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th 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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JD House Play

SINGLE SPIES

by Alan Bennett

in the Caccia Studio

Thursday 7th March – Saturday 9th March

Alan Bennett’s acclaimed double bill is a masterful comedy, a mercilessly intelligent journey into the nature of loyalty and truth, as well as a spy thriller like few others.  Contains a broken swimming pool, a well-tailored suit and a rather royal affair.

Directed by Marco Liviero

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THE HOUSE DRAMA COMPETITION

in the Caccia Studio

Thursday 21st March – Saturday 23rd March

A series of excerpts and short plays directed by boys in the hope of winning the prize for best house drama performance. The theme: ‘Breaking Boundaries’. Come along, cheer on your team and check out the opposition.

Masters in charge Jo Rainey & Pauline Herbommez

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GCSE Drama Students

GCSE DRAMA PERFORMANCE

in the Empty Space

Sunday 24th March @ 3.00pm

The GCSE drama students perform in an exciting selection of scripted pieces.

Directed by Rebecca Steel, Scott Handy and Grace Vaughan

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The Summer School Play

As You Like It

by William Shakespeare

in the Farrer Theatre

Thursday 2nd – 4th May

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”

Banished from court and forced to flee for their lives, two young women seek freedom in the forest of Arden. Intrigue, heartache and joyous confusion ensue in Shakespeare’s irresistible comedy on the transformative power of love.

Directed by Scott Handy

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A Level Drama Students

A LEVEL DEVISED PIECES

in the Empty Space

Monday 20th & Tuesday 21st May

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

Guided by Rebecca Steel

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The Lower Boy Play

GRIMM

by Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm

in the Caccia Studio

Thursday 6th June – Saturday 8th June

A wretched retelling of the classic folk and fairy tales curated by the Brothers Grimm. Side by side well (and lesser) known tales are brought to life through storytelling and puppetry. Explore the heartfelt, brutal, funny and (at times) downright weird stories as they were first told.

 Directed by Grace Vaughan

 

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