Strong pupil involvement in school production of The Lady Vanishes in Holbrook

Pupils at the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, perform British comic thriller The Lady Vanishes

Pupils at the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, perform British comic thriller The Lady Vanishes - Credit: Archant

More than 50 pupils at Holbrook’s The Royal Hospital School pulled together for a modern rework of British comedy thriller The Lady Vanishes last week.

Pupils at the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, perform British comic thriller The Lady Vanishes

Pupils at the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, perform British comic thriller The Lady Vanishes - Credit: Archant

The cast, made up of pupils from Year 7 to Year 13, took to the stage for performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night to packed audiences of friends and family.

The play took inspiration from the 1938 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and the 1936 novel The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White.

The clipped aristocratic tones of Iris Henderson were captured by Simone Rossouw, while Serena Brown portrayed the glamorous Mrs Todhunter, and Matt Adams as the heroic musicologist, Gilbert.

Auditions had been held in the weeks prior to the performances, with several of those not successful in an acting role getting stuck in with behind the scenes roles from set making, to costume design and hair and make-up.

Director of communications at The Royal Hospital School, Sophie Braybrooke, said: “We were delighted with the number of pupils who came forward to audition.

“The audience loved it. Everybody felt that it was quite a challenging play to take on. It gave a good opportunity for the characters to shine through.

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“There’s pupil involvement at every stage. The set production, set changes, the dressing and make up, all of that is done by pupils.”

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