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Old Blundellian's play a huge success at Blundell's

Blundells school play for the academic year was Lorna Doone, based on the book written by R D Blackmore, who attended the Devon school from 1837 and who set early parts of the book at Blundells, as the scene of hero John Ridds schooldays. It is the first time that the school has performed this epic drama and was chosen to celebrate the first 25 years of the schools purpose-built theatre, Ondaatje Hall. Amongst the guests for the gala reception on the final night of the play were pupils and staff who had been involved in the very first performance at the theatre.

The play tells the story of Johns love for Lorna Doone, one of the notorious Doone clan of Exmoor, against a backdrop of the Monmouth rebellion in the 17th century. It was performed by drama students in Years 11 13 who played to capacity audiences and received standing ovations. The play was directed by James Rochfort, the schools resident professional actor, whose theatre credits include the National Theatre's Olivier award-winning All My Sons and leading roles on television including Eastenders, Lewis and the title role in Channel 4's Snowdon and Margaret.

Published: December 9 2014

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