The Perse School

Year 11 actors perform show to sell-out audiences

12 Oct 2018

Powerful social topics were explored in two sell-out shows of the Year 11 play The Boy Preference.

In the first public drama production held in the Gallery Studio, the cast performed Elinor Cook’s play after just five weeks of rehearsals.

Set at some point in the near future, in an affluent suburb of a developing country, the play examined a wide range of topics such as gender imbalance, power and hierarchy, gender conditioning, individuality and societal pressures. Ashwin Ranasinghe-De Silva (Year 11) composed an original score to provide an atmospheric soundscape to the performances.

Perse Theatre Director in Residence Matt Hawksworth was pleased with how the 17-strong cast engaged with the subject matter during their intensive rehearsal schedule.

He said: “We look at how we could bring the issues to life on stage. It was exciting because we could interpret it our own way and I think the cast rose to the challenge with great maturity.

“Although it was a social commentary, there were also lighter moments with elements of physical theatre and comedy.

“We were also delighted to have been the first public drama performance in the Gallery Studio. We performed the play in the round in front of a packed-out audience on both nights and it was lovely to work in such an intimate and atmospheric setting.”

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