Julian Mitchell’s play Another Country was certainly a bold choice for Whitgift’s Fourth Form production. Set in a 1930s boarding school, with the narrative addressing substantial topics including homophobia and political reform as well as adolescent mental health and suicide, it was impressive to see the cast of 14-15 year olds take on the challenge so confidently.
The boys mastered the fast-paced and witty script, whilst balancing the sensitivities of each character and representing the contrasting friendships, alliances and rivalries. Particular credit goes to student Kit Connor who directed the piece and did an excellent job of coordinating and guiding his cast members. Kit commented following his directing debut, ‘It has been such a pleasure to work with such talented actors and has given me even more respect than I already had for teachers and directors working both in School and in the theatre business.”
Director of Drama, Mr Daniel Pirrie praised the whole company, “The inaugural Fourth Form production was sensational for many reasons: Kit’s superb direction was clear, sharp and pulled focus at just the right moments; the two leads (Jon and Henry) inhabited their characters so truthfully that by the end of the show the audience could not help but feel tremendous sympathy for their respective predicaments; and the other characters were so well-drawn and their relationships so clear that the tension and claustrophobia of the play was quite palpable. But perhaps the most pleasing outcome is the justification of the faith we placed in this talented group of boys to tell such a challenging, compelling story with such class and clarity. I could not be prouder and the future is bright!”
A big thank you to all those who pulled this production together and congratulations to the whole Fourth Form team.
Please see the full programme and cast list here.