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ur school play this year was a stage adaptation of the classic American
novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird”. The play was given four performances in the
Great Hall from Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd November 2013 – the first
one being a performance to local primary school pupils, all of whom seemed
to very much enjoy the production. The evening performances were to parents
and friends and a substantial number of GCSE English students, who had been
studying the novel by Harper Lee as one of their set texts.
The play had a large cast and featured some outstanding individual
performances, as well as many opportunities for the ensemble of townspeople
from the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama which is where the piece was
set. The southern American setting was evoked by white picket fencing and a
large life-sized tree on a green lawn which dominated the Great Hall stage and
was central to the action of the story.
Set in the Great Depression of the 1930s, the play captured many of
the social attitudes of the time, dealing especially with issues of racial
prejudice and bigotry, it also made a heart-felt plea for tolerance and
mutual understanding. A tough and demanding piece, this was a challenging
choice for the main school drama production but one which was very much
appreciated by all those who saw it. Warmest congratulations should go to all
those involved: the actors, the backstage and technical team and to all those
members of staff who contributed to the production’s success.
“To Kill a Mockingbird”
Nick Vause
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