11 Dec 2020
In the last week of November, an intrepid cast drawn from the Sixth Form performed in a glorious socially distanced production of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare.
The Under was transformed by Mr Freer, Mr Williams and his team into a close approximation of the Globe with a magnificent Tudor façade and the prow of a boat at either end of the traverse staging, stunning lighting and a sweeping soundscape piped directly into the audience’s ears via headphones.
The students performed magnificently with Charlotte Donegan and Will Blenkinsop heart-breaking as twins Viola and Sebastian with Archie Colville and Myfanwy Heydtmann as the love-lorn Orsino and Olivia. Outstanding comic relief was provided by Raphael Leigh, Ellie Burchett, James Cooke and Owen Young as Sir Toby Belch and his gang of tricksters.
Musical stylings by Grace Hitchen and Beth Martin brought a little end-of-the-year bittersweet melody to the proceedings and Olivia McCammon shone as the uptight Malvolia reduced to rage and imprisonment by an ill-conceived prank. Overall, it was a show to remember and Mrs Carr-Bates, Miss McPhelimy, and the Drama Department could not be more proud of the whole endeavour.