Theatre Studies staff and students had cause to celebrate at the end of December as their three night run of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” came to an end and received superb feedback. The production was directed by Theatre Studies teachers Rosie Hamblyn and Graeme Brown, along with student Ella Burns Robbins, as Assistant Director. The full cast and crew consisted of over 30 students who willingly gave up their free time for 8 weeks in order to ensure the production was a success.
This version of Twelfth Night was set in the 1930’s and featured band music from the period, designed by student Fran Golding. The Design Technology department built a beautiful set, which was enhanced by the lighting design of Abi Waller and perfectly evoked the coldness of midwinter. Malvolio, played by Dominic Leonard, was presented as a dour Scotsman which added to the humour that featured in some hysterically funny scenes with Sir Toby (Elliot Matthews), Sir Andrew (Ben Jowesey), Maria (Emily Simister) and Feste (Evie Appleson).
The production was well attended by students, staff and governors. In addition, Production Manager Paul Graham also organised through Facebook for 40 ex Theatre Studies students to attend the performance; some of these students had recently left Notre Dame whilst others left over ten years ago! Feedback on all nights was overwhelmingly positive and the college are already looking forward to next year’s production.