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The Year 11 Production of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s challenging play, ‘Our Country’s Good’, was in fact very good. It was a moving, touching and at some point frightening piece that kept the audience enthralled. Spectacular performances from Laura Fessey as the prickly Morden and Joe Goodhead as the repressed Second Lieutenant Ralph Clark, kept the audience on the edge of their seats.
The mood of the play jumped as the narrative moved from character to character. At one moment the audience was horrified by the cruelty of Major Ross (Jack Doddy) and the next enchanted by the romantic love scene between the Lieutenant Clark (Joe Goodhead) and Mary Brenham (Grannie Person-Cockrill). Strong supporting performances came from George Major as the tormented Harry Brewer, Leah White (Ducking), Matt Edwards (Wisehammer) and Will Singleton (Mr Sideway). James Borwell, as the hangman Ketch brought subtlety and sensitivity to a difficult role.
The Ensemble Company made up of Year 11 students produced two memorable evenings of challenging drama that they are tremendously proud of. Their commitment to the project was commendable, leaving their audiences amazed at their polish and technical competence.
Coming up, the Trent Repertory Company are producing the Scholars’ production, ‘DNA’ from the 3 – 4 December followed by the Whole School Musical, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, in collaboration with the Music Department from 4 – 6 February 2014.