2012 again saw another strong set of A level results, which were largely in line with expectations. Importantly, the vast majority of our students secured places at their chosen universities (which is no mean achievement in this very competitive year), and they should be congratulated on their achievements. A full statistical breakdown of results will be available on framcollege.co.uk shortly.
There were some outstanding individual performances, and over a quarter of all students gained at least the much vaunted threshold of AAB (universities have seen a cut in the basic numbers they are allowed to admit, but this year they are allowed to accept as many high-flying students with grades of at least AAB as they can admit). In a school with a broad academic intake this is a fine achievement, and we are equally delighted with the large number of students who secured Bs or Cs when such grades represent the peak of their potential.
As a first for Framlingham College, the Drama department is taking two plays (‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’) to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Venue 231 – Greenside) from the 13th – 18th August. We are using the name FramBag Theatre for our company which comprises of 7 actors who are involved in both plays. In Edinburgh the plays run consecutively, and need to be booked separately, with ‘Romeo and Juliet’ running for 50 minutes from 13.35 and ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ running for 65 minutes from 14.35 on each day of the run.
Exciting new interpretations shed new light on themes and issues in each classic play. In ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ we have men playing women and women playing men highlighting the innuendo, sexual tension and slang which made Wilde such a controversial figure. In ‘Romeo and Juliet’ we show the iconic teenage love story as a series of inter-locking dreams taking place during the course of one night and staged in and around a double bed.
The FramBag company comprises current A level Drama students, new leavers and a student, Camilla Jenkinson, who is currently studying Drama and English at Oxford Brookes University. Lewis Myers-Allen is a member of the NYT and took the lead in our full scale Autumn production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’. In Edinburgh he will play Romeo and Cecily Cardew; his brother Alex Myers-Allen hopes to go on to Drama School in 2013 and plays Mercutio and Lady Bracknell; Camilla Jenkinson plays Tybalt and Algernon; Mimi O’Neill plays the Nurse and Jack; Fiona Birch plays Juliet and Canon Chasuble; Billy Treacy plays Friar Lawrence and Gwendolen; Jack Wright plays Miss Prism. Dorothy Englert directs ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and Hugh Edwards directs ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’.
Book tickets at the Edinburgh Fringe Box Office at http://www.edfringe.com. For more information on the company and regular updates, follow @frambag on Twitter or visit Facebook and type in FramBag.
For those of you who would like to see these performances locally they are on for one night only at The Cut in Halesworth on Tuesday 21st August 2012 at 7.30pm. Tickets can be booked directly from their box office on 0845 6732123.