Last weekend saw the inaugural House Duologue Competition, where Houses battled it out in the Farrer Theatre for new senior and junior trophies. They presented short theatrical scenes for two actors, entirely chosen, directed and acted by the pupils themselves.
Twenty one varied scenes entered to compete for a brand new trophy for their House cabinet, and each one was entertaining. Sadly, these had to be whittled down to a manageable running time for the final, so rounds were held on stage in the Farrer Theatre the week before.
Despite the challenges of the Delta variant and some very long cricket matches in Bedford, the audience were treated to some slick scenes, ably supported by the pupil-led technical team. Thanks go to Agni Scott, who took time from her filming schedule to come and adjudicate the final. She had tough decisions to make, as all of the finalists were excellent. Positive comments were made on the way the pupils listened and reacted to each other, in particular.
Many congratulations to JDN, who won both the Junior and Senior cups, and well done to all entrants for their hard work. It was great to see over fifty pupils working together to create some memorable theatrical moments to be enjoyed by all, and we hope the House Duologue Competition will become a regular fixture in the Eton Drama Calendar.
JDN – Ink by James Graham
NA – Red by John Logan
JDN – Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
JMG – Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard
JDM – The Crocodile by Tom Basden
AGDF – The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde