Review: The Roaring Girl

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 switching easily between femme fatale and playboy.  What was most impressive […]

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Review: The Machine Gunners

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 (SU Sh), a young boy […]

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Review: The House of Bernarda Alba

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 matriarch Bernarda played with startling clarity, passion and commitment […]

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Review: The Monarch of Wit

Stephen Siddall’s lecture on John Donne was both contextually fascinating and thought-provoking.  He transformed the poems that we had read into live aural pieces whilst highlighting the spontaneity of Donne’s word choices, enabling us to imagine how they might have been written and received instead of seeing them as words on a page. Siddall drew […]

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Review: Michaelmas Illumination 2013

Entertainment came in the form of comedy sketches, magic, acrobatics and music – displaying just how diverse and talented Marlburians can be.  Furthermore, the organization and presentation of the event was done with absolute precision and wonderfully wacky humour. The night commenced with an introductory rap given by our resident Bermudan, Walker Zupp (B1 U6), […]

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Review: Romeo and Juliet

Ella Higgins (CO U6th) reviews the most recent production from the Drama Department, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, which was a huge success… The cast of David Kenworthy’s production of Romeo and Juliet embodied the true liveliness and vigour of the famous piece whilst still managing to sober us with the devastating results of its riotous events. […]

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Video News: Guys and Dolls

The Penny Reading for Lent 2013 was Frank Loesser’s attractive musical Guys & Dolls, directed by Head of Drama David Kenworthy with Alex Arkwright as Musical Director. Such a production requires a colossal amount of preparation from so many people across the College community and the significant cast, orchestra and production team should be congratulated […]

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School Play Review and Video

‘Life of Galileo’, a play by Berthold Brecht which highlights overcoming adversity and the necessity of a society that is open to change, was vibrantly performed by its cast and brilliantly directed by Jane Darby.  With simple architecture and a Brechtian performance style it had strong characters and effective stylistic touches.  Brecht’s techniques were translated […]

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The Tempest

This year the Shell play was an adaptation of The Tempest, a magnificent modernisation of one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays which saw the action transposed to World War II. After missing their train to evacuate them to the countryside, a group of children find a mysterious book entitled The Tempest. From there, they are propelled […]

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Master’s Farewell Illumination

The evening began with a montage of photographs from the day’s Super Sunday Charity Walk that set the tone for an evening combining remembrance, talent and comedy. A buzz of anticipation spoke for all; from the Remove contemplating their first experience of Illumination, to the feelings of sadness and nostalgia for the Upper Sixth, as […]

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Amadeus Review

A witty interpretation by Jane Darby of Peter Shaffer’s original Amadeus showed the students of Marlborough College strutting around in extravagant tailcoats, pale faces, and artfully authentic wigs. It was a hair tingling mixture of laughter at the flamboyant attempts of Mozart (brilliantly portrayed by Charlie Perry) to gain place for his music, empathy as […]

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School Play: “Women of Troy”

Women of Troy is a Greek tragedy by Euripides set just after the sacking of Troy by the conquering Greek army and this play shows how they treat the mourning women of Troy. This production portrays the play set in 1945 Berlin as the Russians (the Greeks) have defeated the Germans (the Trojans). The play […]

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Remove Shakespeare Festival

On Saturday, 15 October 2011, the English Department hosted the third annual Remove Shakespeare Festival in the Memorial Hall. Designed to bridge the gap between the freer, more collaborative work of Form and the more disciplined approach necessary for success at IGCSE, this project takes up some of the English teaching in the first part […]

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Penny Reading – The Crucible

Reviewed by Tilly Woodhouse (LI L6): We filled the Ellis Theatre, keen to see the Penny Reading of The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Anticipation and expectation rose in the audience when confronted by the set which consisted of a simple stage of wood panelling and was dominated by a colossal cross suspended from the ceiling. […]

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The Trial

Reviewed by Ella Atterton: The production centred largely on ensemble work, though the cast was perfectly led by Charles Carnegie, as the protagonist Josef K. From the opening image of the entire cast lying asleep across the stage, it was clear that something was out of the ordinary in the world of the play. As […]

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Women Beware Women

Reviewed by Tassy Humphreys – October 2010 Expectations were high – I have never seen such a good turnout for a school play; people were crammed onto the steps or hanging over the gallery. There was a lot to appreciate. Firstly the set, a Florentine palace in the middle of the Ellis Theatre was impressive, and I […]

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