On Tuesday 23rd of February, a group of around 50 year 11s ventured off to the modest Everyman Theatre in charming Cheltenham, accompanied by Mr. Kenrick, Miss Rowlatt-Weston, Mr. Powell, Mrs. Delport, Mr Spicer and Mr Scarfe to watch a theatre production of John Steinbeck’s classic novel ‘Of Mice and Men’. We set off from school at 4:15, the hour and a half journey flew by and soon we were entering the large spa town. We then spent the next fifteen minutes powerwalking to the nearest McDonald’s, where the staff were delighted to see a large group of teenagers run to the cashier shouting orders in a babble of excitement and hunger.
Once everyone had been served and there were simply no more chips to be consumed, we were once again hoarded en masse to the next location, the Everyman Theatre which (luckily) was only a five-minute walk away. The theatre itself was perfectly accommodating, the majority of our group were positioned just under the balcony where the view was sufficient and no action was to be missed. The lights dimmed, voices were hushed and the stage was set as the show commenced; they opted for a ‘simple yet effective’ approach in terms of the scenery and used lighting to create much of the atmospheric tone of each scene. Additionally, traditional 1930s American style music was played on a solo violin at the change of every setting and the characters’ costumes were typical of the attire of the era.
The acting itself varied from promising to mediocre with several of the ‘accents’ being sketchy at the best of times; however the overall effect of the performance achieved its goal – to portray the endearingly tragic relationship of the two main characters, Lennie and George. The star of the show was, of course, Candy’s dog who performed with such flawless finesse I was surprised he hadn’t been in something I’d seen before. Nonetheless, the experience left us year 11s with a reinforced understanding of the novel itself in preparation for May’s Literature exam.
Written by Olivia Winduss