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NEWS: Around ‘Big School’ in 80 DaysBig School turned into a dynamic and fast-moving world stage to become the backdrop for Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne, this year’s Junior School performance.


Date published: Mon 1 Jul 2019   Category: Academic


The story begins in London where Phileas Fogg is revealed as a man of great order and extreme discipline. At his gentlemen’s club he accepts a wager to travel around the world in 80 days and, along with his manservant, Passepartout he sets out on his adventure filled journey. 

Travelling by train, steamship, sailing boat and even elephant, they overcome kidnappings, natural disasters, Sioux attacks and even dodge the persistent Inspector Fix of Scotland Yard, who is convinced that Fogg has robbed the Bank of England, to finally win the extraordinary wager (thanks to the duo inadvertently ‘gaining’ 24 hours by travelling eastwards around the globe).  

An energetic and humorous cast played out their multiple characters with great charm, keeping the audience amused and on the edge of their seats for three nights in June.  

Director and Teacher of Drama, Mr Simon Hudson enthused about the cast, “The great thing about directing these talented young actors is that they have worked tirelessly and imaginatively on eccentric characters, physical set pieces, complex transitions and pacey dialogue; all with utter professionalism.” 

Congratulations to all who were involved for another great production, supported by a strong behind the scenes crew of students alongside the Whitgift team. 

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