Last term saw another fantastic production from the Theatre Studies department. This year they gave us ‘Haroun and the Sea of Stories’, an adaptation by Tim Supple of Salman Rushdie’s children’s’ book.
The evocative and colourful set hung with exotic silks was designed by production manager Paul Graham and created by Sarah Moriarty.
It conjured up a magical world peopled with strange and exotic creatures including a comical water genii played by Fran Golding and Dominic Leonard’s wonderfully eccentric Hoopoe bird.
Emma Judson was a tremendously engaging Haroun, drawing the audience into the world of the play and taking them on a journey to clean up the sea of stories and rescue the not so fair princess Batcheat.
The ensemble cast of 25 students all worked together playing a variety of roles to create a fantastic evening.
As the play is about the power of stories there was a competition to identify a number of literary quotations projected on to the set throughout the evening. The lucky winner was our own Miss Stapylton who received a book voucher.
Lights and sound were designed and executed by Evie Merrit McDaid and Amandeep Dhari and presiding over cast and crew, stage manager Sheree Webster made sure every aspect of the show ran smoothly.
Friends, colleagues, college staff and family braved the December weather to be entertained and according to college principal Mr Coen, Haroun was ‘Funny entertaining and visually stunning.’
Not only was the show a huge success but the interval refreshments raised £85 or flood relief in the Phillipines.
Congratulations to everyone involved and we look forward to the department’s February production which will be ‘Antigone’’ by Sophocles directed by Maud Haddon and Mollie Stockhill