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The ‘Johns 11’ (Lower Sixth), accompanied by Miss Jones and Mr Mortell, travelled to Edinburgh in early August and were thrilled to be able to perform their show, Eating Diamonds, to Fringe Festival audiences. The show was a world première, having been devised by the cast and Miss Jones over the course of the Spring and Summer Terms’ Tuesday activity slot. It was directed by Miss Jones.
The play was an exciting and innovative exploration of Angela Carter’s colourful fairy tales, which portray the deep, dark and dangerous desires of the psyche. The show sought to visualise her vibrant writing and certainly stood out from wide range of performances available to see.
The show was an example of physical theatre, which meant that no words were used in the course of the entire production. This enabled the pupils to focus on conveying strong emotions - such as joy, love, loneliness and despair - using only their facial expressions, physicality of movement and use of space. Some ideas in the play involved the mercenary and mechanistic natures of humanity. The show was described by people in the audience as "captivating", "sinister" and, "at times quite disturbing". The intimate layout of the performing space meant that the emotional connection between the actors and the audience was intense. There was no question that the performance was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
We look forward to what St John’s can bring to the Fringe in coming years.
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