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Review: Haroun and the Sea of Stories

Category: Drama

The Shell Play 'Haroun and the Sea of Stories' by Salman Rushdie The Shell brought to life the mysterious tale of Haroun in the Ellis Theatre in a physical and imaginative style.  Shadow puppets of weird and wonderful creatures circled the minimalist black box space which offset the bright... More »

Review: Anything Goes by Cole Porter

Category: Drama, General, Pupil Achievements

Jane Darby’s sparkling production of Anything Goes was as delightful as the famous Cole Porter song suggests.  The treats were more delicious than delovely, packing a real contemporary punch into this 1930s farce set on the cruise liner Americana. From the moment the audience entered the... More »

Review: Anything Goes

Category: Music, General, Drama

Cole Porter’s Anything Goes is apparently one of the most popular musicals staged by colleges, schools and amateur companies across the world, and it's easy to see why. It's engaging, accessible and witty, and contains some persuasive (but tricky) musical numbers, which allows for the spirit and... More »

Review: The Revenger’s Tragedy

Category: Drama, General, Events

David Kenworthy’s adaptation of The Revenger’s Tragedy enabled a group of skilled young actors to present a Jacobean story in a contemporary context. The sensitive issue of mental health was given a visual representation thanks to Paul Cox’s highly detailed hospital set design, and Middleton’s... More »

Review: An Ideal Husband

Category: Drama, General, Events

David Kenworthy’s production of Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband brought a feast of decadence to the Ellis Theatre last week. Spectators were treated to an evening of witty verbal dueling set against a sumptuous visual backdrop of social and political turmoil.The play’s collision of the old world and... More »

Review: Michaelmas Illumination 2014

Category: Drama

The Michaelmas Term 2014 Illumination was shrouded in controversy; it was on a Saturday Night. Would the hordes of Sixth Form sacrifice their pub trips and Malburian shenanigans to come and watch? Those who did were not disappointed. The crowd were anxious to see the new heads of Illumination in... More »

Review: The Roaring Girl

Category: Drama, General, Events

Jane Darby’s production of The Roaring Girl was a hilarious romp through Jacobean gender politics reset in the underground cauldron of blurred lines; The False Tails bar in central London, 2014. Leila Tinne (LI U6) in the title role was a genuine enigma; leather clad, hair in dreadlocks and... More »

Review: The Machine Gunners

Category: Drama, Community, Events

View the slideshow here The 2014 Shell play The Machine Gunners written by Robert Westall and directed by Steven Pleasants tells the story of a group of children nearing adolescence living in the midst of the Second World War. The play centres on Chas McGill, played by the talented Adam Dalrymple... More »

Review: The House of Bernarda Alba

Category: Drama

Jane Darby’s production of The House of Bernarda Alba was as complex and intricate as the lace that adorned the poster.  Click here to view the slideshow.The detailed characters of Lorca’s last play collide and wrestle in the claustrophobic house of mourning presided over by the fanatic... More »

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