Drama

The Penny Reading: Earthquakes in London

The Penny Reading of Earthquakes in London by Mike Bartlett This year’s Penny Reading must stand amongst the most memorable for a number of reasons but the primary one being the inspiring performance of the talented pupils involved. Written and first performed in 2010, ‘Earthquakes’ sent a shock-wave through the London theatre scene, and far […]

Read More

Othello by William Shakespeare

The recent rush into autumn was heralded by Jane Darby’s truly epic production of Othello in the Ellis Theatre. For the last six weeks a group of very committed and talented upper school actors have grappled with one of Shakespeare’s most challenging tragedies culminating in an intense and gripping performance. Re-imagined in a rather dystopian […]

Read More

Review: What Lies Behind

An outstanding group of actors from the Remove and Hundred gave a refined and haunting performance in the Bradleian this week of David Kenworthy’s devised piece: What Lies Behind. The group created individual characterisations that were skilful, detailed and compelling, whilst also maintaining a tight ensemble focus as their stories wove together. Moments of humour […]

Read More

Theatrical Achievement

Congratulations to Ijah Ofon (C1 L6) who has been offered a place in the highly prestigious National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. Thousands audition for a place each year in this company and only a small number are selected so this is an outstanding achievement. It will begin with a month-long residency this summer in […]

Read More

Review & Gallery: Cabaret

It’s quite difficult to know where to start in writing this review, but let’s begin with a highly justified superlative. David Kenworthy’s brilliantly directed production of Cabaret was simply a joy to behold. Having resisted the temptation to emphasise the more seedy aspect of this musical (which is so often the case), Mr Kenworthy instead […]

Read More

Review: Arcadia

The Ellis Theatre last week produced a truly remarkable production of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, directed by Jane Darby. A fully committed cast and crew worked tirelessly to produce characters of immense detail oscillating between action taking place over a two hundred year time span. This was beautiful work that was not only extremely witty – […]

Read More

The Elephant

Last weekend the Bradleian hosted an outstanding group of Hundred and Remove actors in David Kenworthy’s play The Elephant. Exploring the notion of lost and found through invisible friends, each student presented a carefully crafted individual character exploring an original perspective. A series of monologues and duologues were seamlessly connected by haunting physical reflections in which the actors beautifully […]

Read More

Review: The Grimm Tales by Carol Ann Duffy

Rebecca Thomas and Owen Elton’s production of The Grimm Tales was a feast of storytelling magic framed in the familiar surroundings of a Shell dorm – albeit with rather more silk pyjamas than usual. The driving impulse of these stories as an essential part of growing up was very evident – and it wasn’t afraid […]

Read More

Review: Deus Dat Incrementum

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 brilliant fusion of verbatim […]

Read More