24 Jun 2015

Wednesday 24 June 2015

This year’s Senior Drama production was Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, running from Tuesday, 16 till Thursday, 18 June.

A play filled with wit and ideas, it is about the relationship between past and present. Focusing on Sidley Park, an English country house, the scenes switch between 1809 and the present day.

The lives of the residents in the 19th Century and the drama they create is juxtaposed with the two modern scholars researching them and the current residents.

Senior students from Year 11 to Year 13 performed in the play. The lead characters for the 1800s were Thomasina Coverly, a mathematics protege, played by Bianca Escobar, and Septimus Hodge, Thomasina's tutor, played by Monty Sansom. For the present day, the lead characters were Hannah Jarvis, an author researching the hermit of Sidley Park, played by Holly Sutcliffe, and Bernard Nightingale, an academic researching the events of 1809, played by Daniel Sewell.

Many thanks to Library Manager Mr John Cummins for directing the play, Head of Cultural Programmes Ms Nikki Bentley for producing the play and to Theatre Technician Mr Glenn Howell for managing all those on set design, backstage, makeup and costumes.

The play was a huge success thanks to all of the people who put hard work into it.