25th June 2021 — A flavour of what has been missing was the link between the Year 10 Double Bill dramas, The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard and Harlequinade by Terence Rattigan.
As director Stephen Hancock notes: “Both plays are celebrations of theatre and the theatre community: backstage crew, actors, audience, and critics. All the absurdity, joy and magic of theatrical life is here in these plays: a reminder of what we have lost, but also a hopeful anticipation of what is to come.”
The Covid-compliant approach to drama production meant that the actors had to take on the additional task of doing their own make-up. Their lively performances bring out the hilarity of both plays: Rattigan’s affectionate mockery of the acting profession’s obsession with theatre to the extent that they fail to appreciate the drama in their own lives as they spin into chaos, and Stoppard’s clever use of theatrical clichés and conventions which leads to the roles of critics and performers becoming bizarrely entangled.