Matchbox Theatre

Last night in the Big Schoolroom there was a welcome return to the stage of Senior Drama, with a production of five of Michael Frayn’s (very) short plays in his book Matchbox Theatre. The production ran three times (for 30 minutes), to allow smallish audiences to see it, and they flanked the central performance space to watch 13 actors entertain them in works linked by themes of miscommunication.

Solomon Babajide was the Master of Ceremonies, introducing the plays: on the irritation of other people finishing your sentences, on constantly getting driving directions wrong, on two couples interacting spikily in a café, on the meaningless of most phone conversations, and on a couple trying to say goodbye to each other at an airport but being thwarted by the PA system.

Well done to all: it was a tonic to see pupils performing again. The directors were Mr Swift and Mr Girdham. See pre-performance photos below, taken by the Chaplain.


Finishing Touches

Her:   Emily McCarthy

Him:   Tyrone Shi


We Have Been Here Before

Driver:   Róisín Northcote

Passenger:   Phoebe Landseer



Mrs Hazey:   Anna-Nibha Rospatt

Mr Hazey:   Nikolai Foster

Mrs Sharpe:   Gloria Rose

Mr Sharpe:   Florian Zitzmann


Between Cheese and Jam

Him:   Kim Guinness

Her:   Ebah Assebian


Bing Bong!

Announcer:   Iona Chavasse

Her:   Isabel Warnock

Him:   Marcus O’Connor


Crew: Alice Letort