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Review: Deus Dat Incrementum

Category: Drama

The Ellis Theatre was home to a fascinating new project this term – Jane Darby’s production of Deus Dat Incrementum.  This original work was created to celebrate fifty years of girls at Marlborough College and was inspired by the BBC Points West feature that aired in 1968.  The work was a... More »

Review: Journey’s End

Category: Drama

David Kenworthy’s haunting production of R.C Sherriff’s Journey’s End earned a central position in the College Armistice commemoration. An exceptionally committed group of boys had worked tirelessly throughout the term to transform themselves into an utterly credible company of front-line soldiers.... More »

After Juliet by Sharman Macdonald

Category: Drama, General, Community

The lower school play this term was Macdonald’s clever sequel to Shakespeare’s classic tale of star-crossed lovers.  In this modern, humid Verona the Capulet and Montague feud stews in the Mediterranean heat, as those left behind by the couple’s tragic loss tussle with the consequences. ... More »

Review: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Category: Drama

Mike Ponsford and Ginny Brown’s production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was a magical trip through the eyes of children living through the Second World War.  This stark, minimalist adaptation brought the mysterious world of Narnia to life built from the debris of war. ... More »

Penny Reading: Twelfth Night

Category: Drama, General, Events

Shakespeare’s delightful topsy-turvy world of Illyria where grief-stricken characters, bereft of siblings and lovers, are presented within a comedic frame was dazzlingly brought to life in David Kenworthy’s production of Twelfth Night.The warming, goodwill essence of Christmas was somewhat... More »

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 »

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