Elusive, fleeting, relative, intensely personal; we were all challenged to consider the various guises of happiness as we sat in the Headmaster Porter Theatre last night engrossed by the preview performance of Gyles Brandreth’s new one-man show, Looking For Happiness.
Of course it was very funny indeed, littered with examples of outrageous name-dropping, topical references and including audience participation but the comedy was also allowed to breathe, increasing its impact, in those moments when the mood was subtly and expertly changed to invite us to ponder and reflect on how happiness can be discovered in the most unlikely of our experiences.
If this was a ‘work in progress’ then audiences at the Edinburgh Festival and the subsequent UK tour are going to leave their theatres happily delighted by what they receive from this truly masterful raconteur.
Last Monday, Year 12 students had the pleasure of hearing from a special guest speaker. Magdalene Weya Migunda is Vice President of Citibank and based in their Uganda office. She also happens to be Mrs Ward’s sister!
She spoke to the year group about things they can do in order to be successful in their careers, covering a variety of areas, such as the benefit of getting involved in activities at school and university in order to show different skills, the value of a crisp, well-written CV, and the importance of professionalism and flexibility in employment.
It was very useful to be reminded of all the features which contribute to building a successful career, and we were very pleased that Mrs Weya Migunda was able to share her experiences and offer her valuable insights.
On Wednesday evening (9th May), acclaimed performance poet Luke Wright returned to the College for a one-off show.
Trying out largely new material ahead of this year’s Edinburgh Festival, he had his audience laughing along with his Brentwood-based ‘B Movie: Barry v. the Blob’ and the bawdy fantasy of ‘Barbara’; but there were also more reflective moments provided by poems on parenthood, politics and the Raoul Moat case.
It was a great display of how topical, entertaining and even energetic verse can be, and I am sure that students who enjoyed it will seek Luke out again in the Poetry Tent at this year’s Latitude Festival.
Details of this and other shows in the area can be found at www.lukewright.co.uk