Performance of School Play 'The Mermaid'
This year’s School Play is an adventurous choice. Written and originally directed by Polly Teale, one of the rising stars in 21st century theatre, it only finished its original run in May of last year. It captures the essence of current theatre trends, where women are beginning to dominate. Last year eleven West End Theatres pledged to boost female roles, directors and playwrights. And, if you look at the list of cast and creatives at the National, or many of the West End Theatres, you will see woman after woman bringing theatre to life.
The logical response is to jump on the back of these talented and ground breaking women with girls from MSJ. We have taken this haunting and beautiful play and brought it to our own York Hall Theatre. The setting, under water, has been created to represent the ebb and flow of the ocean, designed by our Artist in Residence and shaped, formed and fashioned by girls and staff. The music has been written and adapted by our Musician in Residence, the scenes have been directed by the Drama Department, supported by girls.
The play itself offers us a narrative feast – far from shallow Disney shores. Poetic and deep, the text lends itself to vivid images created by the cast, with ‘real’ swimming and furniture ensembles. The bravery of the girls in the physical theatre is a testament to their commitment to the piece – and the training received from the choreographer of ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’.
A stunning piece of theatre, let’s hope we do it justice.
There is no charge for tickets, which are available from Judith Mott, email@example.com, 01684 564609