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Lockdown Theatre Trip

Earlier this month Bushey Meads drama students attended their first virtual theatre trip. At 7.00pm on Thursday April the 2nd, all GCSe and A-level drama students who were able to logged on to watch the National Theatre’s production of One Man, Two Governors – a re-telling of the Carlos Goldoni’s classic commedia dell’arte play A Servant To Two Masters. Students were encouraged to dress up and watch with their families.

Despite the lockdown, students still submitted some excellent reviews of the production.
Here are a few snippets of what our students said:
The actors successfully utilised commedia techniques to make the performance “one man, two gov’nors” a timeless art form. The main protagonist James Cordon used techniques such as fast dialogue, exaggerated movements and exemplary comic timing to create a comedic effect on the audience – Cerys Lightfoot
One man, Two Guvnors is a comical, enjoyable journey of a play that invites all ages to laugh using another outdated artform as it’s source of inspiration – Luka Kovaletskye
Bean successfully was able to communicate his messages over to the audience and still find a way to make the audience laugh; moreover finding a way for them to actually listen  – Franchesca Boselli
The use of physicality in One Man 2 Guvnors was very effective. All the characters used it to express themselves specifically Francis Henshaw during his moments of clumsiness – Tofunmi Rilwan

Brynley and mum watching the show

Our sixth form students were asked whether theatre can be described as a timeless art form. The fact that the National Theatre had to react to the current situation we find ourselves in. A fact not lost on Marie Hofer Tillyer – thus theatre is not timeless but instead constantly evolving.

Despite the lockdown, perhaps theatre can survive and even prosper and continue to be an important factor in our lives by providing a little bit of meaning in our lives.

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