GOLDINI AND THE YEAR 11 DRAMA GROUP
– A Splendid Performance
Full and appreciative audiences attended the Drama Hall to see three performances
of Il Campiello performed by Year 11 Drama group. Written by Carl Goldini,
it described the action in a small residential square in Venice in the
18th Century. We met three very formidable mothers superbly played by Kelly
Hayes as Caterina, Kathy Jackman as Pasqua and Eleanor Ould as Orsola.
Two are having trouble with their respective daughters, Joanna Legg as
the beautiful Lucietta, Georgia Ward as the very sweet Agnese. Issy Taylor
as the oh so snobbish Gasperina who having no mother has to endure life
with an extremely irascible uncle Fabrizio played expertly by Russell Hutchens.
Into the square with a flourish comes Count Astolphi who takes command
of the situation. James Watt played this part with a maturity far beyond
his years. His remarks to the audience were confident and assured.
The boy friends of the girls, Angelo (Darren Ball) who loved Lucietta,
and Giorgio (David Smirke) who’s mother was linking him with Agnese were
very macho and acted with aplomb. Sansuga (Alex Christopher) the manager
of the cafe brought much depth to an unrewarding role. Particularly well
done were the many staged arguments in the Square which gained in momentum
as the play progressed. The lighting was effective and the set design perfect
for 18th Century Venice (Jolyon Atkinson and Jo Probert). The sheer confidence
of the players, their diction and delivery all conspired to present a most
enjoyable evening. It was explained that this was year 11's GCSE Drama
Group. Such a high standard is a credit to Ben Probert’s direction and
enthusiasm. The cast made it seem effortless, we can only guess at the
hard work involved!!
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