Middle School Drama Company tackle tough issues in upcoming play
30 Jan 2017
Students Jonathan and Oli rehearsing "My Brother Luke"
MSDC are tackling one of contemporary playwright Jack Thorne’s hardest hitting plays. In their adaptation “My Brother Luke”, the group of middle school students have worked around the original parameters of the text to deliver a poignant work, dealing with issues as diverse as gender and sexuality to grief and mortality.
In conversation with director George Smith (Graduate Drama Assistant) and Year 10 student Oli playing the lead role Tom, they discussed how the text challenged them to present young people’s emotions honestly and compassionately.
Two performances of the play will be taking place on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 February in the Lecture Theatre. The shows will begin at 7pm, and no tickets are required. It is a one act play, with no interval. Due to themes of bereavement and sensitive scenes, this play is suitable for students in Year 9 and above.
I began by asking George what drew him to this text initially: