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Gumley House School FCJ

School Production 2015 'Pride and Prejudice'

This summer's school production was Jane Austen's classic tale, 'Pride and Prejudice' in an adaptation by Simon Reade. With over one hundred students involved acting, dancing, singing, playing instruments and stage crewing, and over twenty staff and parents on the productions team, this was a spectacular show on a large scale.

We played four performances in production week, including our primary school preview. From the moment the show went up with a beautiful rendition of 'The Wild Mountain Thyme' as our year 8 'maids' danced to the first laughs from the audience as the 'Bennet family' bicker with and tease each other, we knew we had a hit on our hands. Our audiences suspended their disbelief performance after performance as our wonderfully talented girls made them forget they were girls and fall in love all over again with dashing 'Darcy', wicked 'Wickham' and those handsome 'militia officers'. 

Thanks to Jo Baker, author of 'Longbourn' for inspiring our celebration of the working people and folk traditions of Jane Austen's Regency world. A delight of every night was watching our Year 7 Morris dance as the 'village children'.

Have a look at the beautiful photographs that capture the enthusiasm and talents of our company as we worked through the process of bringing Jane Austen's sparkling wit from page to stage.

Huge thanks to parent, Adaleine Teo-Richards, for photographing rehearsals (in rehearsals gallery) and capturing those beautiful costumes, and to professional photographer, Nigel Mould, for his stunning photos taken in and around our convent grounds on dress/tech day. Have a look at Get West London, our local online newspaper, for stunning shots from the primary school preview. 

Congratulations to LSA and seamstress extraordinaire, Margaret Bohan, for her outstanding costumes made for the 'Bennet' girls. They raised us up to new heights!

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