On the final night before the half-term break, Illumination made a celebrated return to the Memorial Hall stage after several years’ absence.
Started in around 2006, the aim of the event was to provide pupils with an informal and supportive environment to showcase the diverse range of talent within the College community. Driven by two Prefects with responsibility for performing arts, Poppy I and Toby M, the event was a tremendous success with seven acts wowing the crowds and generating a wonderful atmosphere.
Speaking shortly after the event, Poppy was left to reflect a memorable evening.
“Theo and I are so pleased because hopefully we have helped reignite the annual tradition of Illumination for those who had never experienced it before. The aim is that now people have seen what the evening is all about, the event can continue to grow for next year.”
The event was a result of months of hard work from Toby and Poppy, with the logistics of the evening headlined by persuading their peers to step forward onto the famous stage.
“As soon as we started talking about (organising) it we realised the size of the task! We had to keep digging, because the challenge was to search out pupils willing to not only show off their talents – but to do so in front of the whole school!”
She added: “I felt that it was so important to have those Shell acts involved, because they are so early in their Marlborough careers and they can help keep it going for others. It was so good to see younger pupils performing and I also have to thank Clark, the compere, who helped generate a genuine sense of connection between the performers and the audience.”
With thanks to the following pupil performers Alexander J – Bagpipes, Josh D & Dom D – Musical Theatre – Sondheim, Kevin W – memory magic – reciting the London Underground, Idris & Paddy, with Ben – Hamlet with music, Dima M – My Way, Toby M – Stand-up Comedy – French horn song, Hugh S ‘Hugh-Dini’ – magic (3 sets). Compèred, with stand-up comedy, by Clark H.