The Perse School

The perfect festive end to a busy term

13 Dec 2011

The last Drama production of the term was the Lower Sixth Play: Cold Comfort Farm by Paul Doust (adapted from the wonderful novel by Stella Gibbons). With a talented cast and crew of over thirty, lashings of lumpy porridge and two cows, it was the perfect festive end to a busy term! The play’s lead role of Flora Poste was played by the incredibly-talented Bryoney Miller and the audience followed her arduous and ambitious planning and scheming to improve the farm, liberating and inspiring its occupants along the way.

Memorable performances included Aoife Cantrill as the mad Aunt Ada Doom; Eloise Wilson as the wild-eyed, porridge-drenched and overly-emotional Judith; and Chloe Swarbrick, as Adam Lambsbreath, who did ‘his’ very best to control his cows (Ben Lomas and Oli Runciman) and do the clettering while balancing an impressive moustache and sideburns. Also to be congratulated are Sophie Wilson as the adorable Elphine; Ben Walden as Amos for his spine-chilling preaching to the quivering brethren; and the well-drenched Rennet, played by Amy Sinclair, for surviving in this cold weather! The family was well-supported by members Seth (Will Aitchison), Reuben (Saleem Mughal) and Urk (Henry Norris); the delightful Hawk-Monitors (Jess Biss and Will Laing); and the outrageous ‘Mr’ Neck (Katherine le Witt). It was a light-hearted and rip-roaring performance – with a fantastic supporting chorus – and much to enjoy and its culmination, with the romantic Charles (Oscar Waldron-Pratt) whisking Flora off her feet, had even the most hard-hearted of us feeling festive and happy.

 The directorial team of Scarlett Freeman-Bassett, Alex Cullen, Olivia McGurk and Rebecca Watts worked incessantly hard to create such an hilarious and heart-warming rendition of the play and should be feeling very proud of their end-of-term triumph.

‘There have always been Starkadders at Cold Comfort Farm’. Merry Christmas one and all!


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