Our very own Dixie McDevitt (Se. 2011-18) has secured a leading role in a brand new national tour of a stage adaptation of one of Julia Donaldson's biggest books.
Do you remember being on the stage of the Great Hall, perhaps reciting some Shakespeare or maybe even Euripides? Or were you behind the scenes helping with costumes, props or even stage design? Drama, music, art and dance are flourishing at the College, but we very well know that the Great Hall stage has seen many an impressive show since it was built in 1913.
Sarah Mann (Fe. 1985-87) is performing at the Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT) later this month. Having achieved her dream of becoming an actress, we caught up with Sarah to find out just where her career has taken her since leaving the College...
Since leaving Brighton College, Max has been writing and directing with ambitions to become an artistic director. Last year his own play sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and he is now directing a new play in London's West End.
Brand new Old Brightonian Izzy Meikle-Small, star of television series The 7.39 and the film Never Let Me Go who has starred alongside Olivia Coleman and Kristen Stewart, said picking up her A-level results was more stressful than appearing in premieres of her films.
Head of Performance Drama at Brighton College, Dermot Keaney, is directing the one –man show 'Running With The Firm' at the Edinburgh Festival. Performed by James Bannon, it is the true story of how an undercover policeman went native after infiltrating a Millwall hooligan firm. Bannon was the man behind the 1995 film "I.D.", which was supposedly fiction but was actually based on his own real experiences. The film was I.D., the book is Running With the Firm, and this is the true story told by the man himself.
Even before the final bars of the first night performance had been played by the quite magnificent 34 piece orchestra, which had been carefully assembled by Mr Carter and inspirationally led by our brilliant Musical Director Mr Chenery, the audience had started to applaud and cheer in response to a production overflowing with talent and exuberant energy.
Gabrielle left Brighton College in 2003 and went on to train at Identity Drama School. She then went on to win a place at the world renowned Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in New York. She has since starred in Feature Films 'Shank', 'Men Don't Lie' and soon to be released 'Demons Never Die'. She will also be starring as one of the leads in a new film 'Freshers'.
Conventional seating was dispensed with and instead the audience stood in the middle of the performance space whilst the actors performed the dark fairy-tales around them. The acting was exemplary, with remarkable performances from so many, as Nancy Gladwin and George Oxley, as narrators, led us through this dark world. Congratulations to Dermot Keaney and Harry Ashbee for directing and staging such an original and breathtaking piece of theatre.
Dance school pupils are celebrating record results in their Modern, Jazz and Tap examinations. Thirty three pupils took exams with twenty four achieving Distinctions and nine achieving Merits. Well done to all. Particular congratulations to College pupils Harriet Vans Agnew, Phoebe Lower, Beth Kelly, Keziah Fish, Zoe Halford and Francesca Douglas who achieved Distinctions for Grade 5 Modern and to the Primary and Grade 1 Tappers who also attained a full set of Distinctions.