We’ve got a very exciting term of live professional theatre ahead of us so I thought a little preview was in order…
On Thursday 19th September we’ll have Dogstar Theatre performing their production ‘The Baroness’ by Thor Bjorn Krebs here at the Ogstoun Theatre. It’s a brilliantly written play about an extraordinary friendship between the ageing writer of Out of Africa, (Karen Blixen’s pen-name was Isak Dinesen) and a young poet, Thorkild Bjornvig.
On the 26th September we’ll be travelling to Eden Court with our Year 13 students to see the National Theatre production of Othello broadcast live to the screen in the cinema. The production stars Olivier Award winning actors Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear as Othello and Iago and is directed by Nicholas Hytner.
Finally on 2nd October we have Catherine Wheels Theatre Company in the Ogstoun Theatre performing their production ‘Lifeboat’ written by Nicola McCartney and directed by Gill Robertson.
On Friday 13 September 1940, a ship, The City of Benares, set sail from Liverpool for Canada. On board were 90 evacuees escaping the relentless bombing and dangers of war torn Britain. Four days into the crossing, the ship was torpedoed and sank. Only eleven of the evacuees survived.
Two fifteen year old girls, Bess Walder and Beth Cummings, spent 19 terrifying hours in the water on an upturned lifeboat. They willed each other to survive. Lifeboat tells their story.