‘This year's Prize Giving performance was an energetic romp through one of Shakespeare's best loved comedies, Much Ado About Nothing. The action was transferred to an alternative artists commune in post-Brexit Cornwall, when the arrival of some likely lads from London upset the locals. In wonderfully garish costumes and haircuts, this ensemble was hilarious from start to finish with energetic performances from every cast member, who had put the production together in just four days.
The culture clash between the two groups was pitch perfect as they quarrelled, pranked and wooed their way through a hot summer holiday. Particular mention must be made of Mia Biles (Lower Sixth, Gascoigne) and Ardan Devine (Lower Sixth, Queen Anne) as Beatrice and Benedick. These two fought their way into each other's affections with razor wit and emotional believability, and with a little help from their meddlesome chums. Elizabeth Allen (Lower Sixth, Vanbrugh) was endearingly innocent as Hero and her hot-headed paramour Claudio marked a welcome return to the stage for Charlie Hodges (Lower Sixth, Queen Anne). Hayden Camidge (Third Form, Vanbrugh) and Arthur Blake (Lower Sixth, Gascoigne) both contributed excellent performances with a maturity quite beyond their years, as did Ellie McBride (Lower Sixth, Gascoigne). Laurence Scott (Lower Sixth, Swift) and Anna De Buriatte Moglia (Fifth Form, Harcourt) were suitably sinister in their villainous roles, and it was Clare Berry (Lower Sixth, Queen Anne) and Isobel Ponsford (Fourth Form, Gascoigne) as the dim-witted local security Dogberry and Verges who had the audience in stitches with their gurning but lovable lunacy.
This was a terrific end to a wonderful Prize Giving and congratulations to all cast members who worked so hard for such a lively and memorable performance.’
- Mr T J Walwyn