Prior's Field September 2018

Women of substance at Mayfield!

Published Monday 21st of March 2016 12:25:56 PM

Mayfield School transformed into Mayfield the Museum last week as part of the schools promenade drama production ‘Letters’. In the hour long performance audience members were guided around the School site at half hour intervals by ‘tour guides’ to witness a series of monologues taken from letters written by woman of substance from across the ages. As the audience moved from venue to venue they witnessed Queen Elizabeth I addressing parliament in the School Chapel, Catherine of Aragon to her daughter Mary, Anne of Cleves to Henry VIII, a mother to The Foundling Asylum, Eudora Welty to the New Yorker in the School Reception and Virginia Woolf, The Ciulla Family and Jane Austen all featured at various locations in the School library. Stumbling down the School staircase was Rebecca West to HG Wells, in the Concert Hall Amelia Earhart to George Putnam and finally Clementine Churchill advising Winston that he should be a little kinder…. The response for the small cast of 15 performers, all in Years 11, 12 and 13, by the audience was overwhelming. Comments included: “The whole concept of 'theatre on the hoof' was new to me - it all worked beautifully. The 'tour guides' (whose contribution was an important part of the piece) made the transition between episodes wonderfully smooth and relaxed. It would, I know, be invidious to try to single out any one performance for special attention - and thankfully, I don't have to do so -since each captured the personality of the woman whose letter they were 'incarnating' so well. It must have been challenging to act in front of quite small audiences, and more so at such close quarters. None of them were at all 'fazed' by the experience. It was splendid.” Another added: “What a fantastic production! All of the performances were first class- I thoroughly enjoyed it - an emotional rollercoaster.”
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