Two very different productions took place over the past week. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening Our Town provoked a variety of audience reaction with people staying to talk afterwards with cast and others about the performance which did nothing less than examine birth, life and death in a small mid-American town. The students beautifully sustained their American accents throughout and truthfully brought to life their real life characters in a set that was minimal and overseen by the master of ceremonies, the Stage Manager, masterfully played by Edmund Dean. Grace Rider and Tildy Paul played Mrs Gibbs and Mrs Webb with terrific maturity and care for their respective families. Editor Webb, played by Tom Saville, and Dr Gibbs, played by Will Wright, portrayed their loving husbands. But the play centres on the marriage of Emily Webb and George Gibbs and here we had three different Georges and Emilys to show their relationship evolving from childhood. All played their parts well, with Brandon Langridge and Sophie Grose balancing atop high wooden ladders; George Goodin and Emily Bennett sweetly falling in love at the end of their high school days; and Lily Cartmel and Harry Hopkins showing the adult George and Emily getting married beautifully and taking the story through to Emily’s early death in child birth. There were many terrific cameo roles performed with confident aplomb by Milly Cochrane as the gossip, Mrs Soames; a Simon Stimson from Seb Ebert-Thompson who managed to get progressively (and effectively) more drunk with each performance; and two wonderfully different characters from a talented Dominic Weatherby. And there was also lively and spot-on character acting from Jo-Jo Maberly, Fred van den Berg, Ash Rooke, Robbie Taylor, Taylor Ball, Harry Tor, Guy Lindley, Flo McWhirter, Flo McCausland and George Harrington.
On Monday, AS Drama and Theatre Studies were joined by the talents of Max Falconer and Tom Hampson in a promenade performance of Woyzeck by Georg Buchner in the suite of rooms that make up the Sixth Form Centre. Jimmy Rutherford played the eponymous role with conviction and just the right amount of hysteria; Natasha Coates played his unfaithful wife; Amber Pullen was the dotty and sadistic doctor; and finally Rachel Kwok and Zoe Delmer Best acted their socks off playing the grandmother and the unreliable friend. The production moved from room to room, and aslo outside for a bloody fight on the piazza, taking the audience with it on a tragic journey ending in murder and autopsy. It was ingeniously devised by cast and directors and may well be the germ of the show that takes us to another Edinburgh glory next year.
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Framlingham College Drama department present Our Town this week in the HPT, 26 – 28 June 2103, 7.30pm. Set in the fictional American town of Grover’s Corners it tells the story of the ordinary everyday lives of the town’s citizens in the early twentieth century. The play is performed without a set and the actors mime their actions without the use of props. Thornton Wilder won the Pullitzer Prize for Drama for this play in 1938.
On Thursday, 5th June, Year 10 GCSE Drama students went to see the new musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory directed by Sam Mendes at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
They had a wonderful time seeing an ingenious and visually spectacular show with a stunning central performance from Douglas Hodge in the role of Willy Wonka. Students now have to write up a 2000 word review which we are hoping will flow from their pens and laptops like a veritably oozing chocolate river.
Seats can now be reserved for the summer production of Our Town on the 26th, 27th and 28th June in the HPT at 7.30pm. Rehearsals are well underway and we are looking forward to presenting you with this powerful and thought-provoking story about the interlinking lives of people in a small-town, mid-American community. It is not East Enders!
Last Friday the entire GCSE class completed their Unit 3 Practical exam in front of their examiner and a supportive crowd in the HPT. This year’s theme was ‘performances that make you watch and think’, and all four shows did just that. Vicky Easey, Raefe Newton-Jones, Violet Taylor and Georgie Clarke-Gifford explored ideas of memory and the afterlife in a literally blinding play 100, whilst Seb Baker, George Coulson, Liv David, Oli King and Molly Drnec performed their devised play Corrections, looking at the validity of the death penalty. Knife crime was explored in by Seb Treacy, Emily Heldreich, Rose de la Rue, Cressi Sowerbutts and Sarah Maran in the play Mugged, and finally Say Yes! put a darkly comic spin on the Orwellian idea of government control of our thoughts and the power of branding. Amy Hunter, Lilie Waring and Hannah Rowell pulled off a difficult piece with some style, particularly in their dance moves.
Ahead of our Autumn production of Hamlet, Dorothy Englert went to South Lee Preparatory School in Bury St Edmunds to workshop ideas around themes and issues in the play with students in Years 6 and 7. The session ended with some spectacular Shakespearean deaths gruesomely enacted and presented with terrific enthusiasm.
Framlingham wish South Lee all the best for their production of Alice at the end of this term.
Love Lane, the Unit 3 devised performance for A2 Drama and Theatre Studies, was an interesting and complex piece that used as its starting point Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.
Students enjoyed exploring the explosive issue of gender politics in the work place and framed their ideas on the set of a soap opera. They played with ambiguity and levels of reality. The audience was both engaged and entertained with a well-executed performance which showed students working together in exciting ensemble work.
This performance was marked by teacher-examiners and will be moderated by an external examiner for Edexcel.
Last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday saw the Autumn Production in the Headmaster Porter Theatre – Stephen Sondheim’s ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’.
Despite the snow, packed houses turned up each night to see the musical and witnessed a fast-paced, action-packed spectacle. Juggling, potion drinking, mistaken identity, cross-dressing and plenty of jokes combined to create a show full of colour, variety and belly laughs. A total of over 50 students and staff took part, either on stage or behind the scenes, and special mention should go to Alex Myers-Allen for his energetic and inventive Pseudolus, Charlie Bullen for his frantic Hysterium and Tom Hampson for his scene-stealing, downtrodden Senex.
All the performers showed great technical skill to deal with the complex timing and precision required for farce to be effective, and they combined with a note perfect band and impressive set to produce a show which warmed the wintry cockles with a touch of Ancient Roman fun.
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A2 Drama and Theatre Studies students enjoyed a fascinating and challenging interpretation of Woyzeck by Buchner in a new translation by Sebastian Rex at the New Diorama in London last Saturday.
On Wednesday evening the same students presented their own striking interpretation of some key scenes from the play to examination students in Years 10, 11 and 12 in the Drama Studio at 7.00pm.
Fram Theatre, Framlingham College – Friday 23rd November
In association with Framlingham Churches Together, FramSoc is thrilled to present the magical production, Journey of the Magi, performed by the highly acclaimed Springs Dance Company. This show will be hugely enjoyed by adults and children alike and all the family are warmly invited to attend. Drawing on inspiration from TS Eliot’s poem of the same name, it is a most powerful and compelling mix of dance, theatre, song and poetry which helps us all reflect not only on the travels of the wise men but also the journey each us of makes every year in preparing for Christmas Day. ‘This is the best Christmas Show I have seen. I was touched, amused and moved to tears’: David Bintley, Artistic Director, Birmingham Royal Ballet.
On account of the anticipated popularity of this event, we request that reservations should be made in advance via the College reception: 01728 723789 / email@example.com. They will issue you with an e-ticket which you should present on arrival on the night.