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The success for a disappearing door

Published Wednesday 3rd of April 2013 11:51:37 AM

A fantastical original storyline and script, ornate costumes, colourful lighting and a cast of eager young actresses made Cobham Hall's 50th Anniversary school play a sold-out success.
Along with the three evening performances attended by 120 people each night in our historic Gilt Hall, the cast also put on a matinee performance for 120 local primary school children from three local schools.
Wrote one of the governors and Cobham Hall parent, Mr Frost, after attending the play, 'Many congratulations for yet another incredible school play. It was very clear to see how much effort the girls and staff put into it and you were all duly rewarded with excellence.'
'I would go so far to say that of the half a dozen or so plays I have seen at the school that was my favourite.'
'It must be a risk putting on a play that no-one knows, however it was so well written and acted that the story was so easy to follow.'
'It certainly was an apt contribution to the year of anniversary celebrations at the school as it delved into the history so well.'
The play, called 'The Disappearing Door', was especially commissioned by Cobham to mark its 50th anniversary. The story revolved around Judith, a daydreaming present day Cobham Hall girl who gets thrust into an alternative universe after finding a mysterious picture of a door. Once there, she encounters a variety of colourful characters several of whom are based on real people throughout the history of Cobham Hall which was formerly the Darnley family home and rescues several other Cobham Hall students who have become trapped through the ages.
The playwright, A.C. Smith attended the play on Thursday night and was presented with flowers by the girls.
Head of Drama and the play's director and producer, Ms Martin, said that Smith had 'written something that I think captures that feeling of sharing and generosity and warmth and spirit and pride in the school.'
True to our Round Square ethos, the production also managed to raise money for charity, with an auction of eight silhouette artworks adorning the set taking place on Friday night after the final performance. Together with money donated for food and drink, it is estimated that approximately £1000 was raised for an orphanage in Kingston, Jamaica.
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