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On Thursday 4 and Friday 5 December, Upper Fifth and Sixth Form pupils performed David Harrower’s version of Government Inspector by Nikolai Gogol, to packed audiences in the PAC. The play centres on a government inspector’s visit to a small Russian town, with a case of mistaken identity exposing hypocrisy and corruption.
There were excellent performances from the whole cast, who worked together wonderfully as an ensemble to produce a highly comic and entertaining evening. Matthew Chalmers was outstandingly duplicitous as the wily imposter Khlestakov, mistaken by all the local characters as the awaited government inspector, while Iain Alexander illustrated the pompous and self-serving nature of the mayor with excellent skill. Henry Lock and Kieran Tuffy, too, showed their comic talent in some amusing scenes that the audience found especially entertaining. Thanks must go to Anna Semple for writing and arranging an original score for the play which accompanied the fantastically repulsive rat chorus made up of Jade Simpkin, Imogen Tonnesen, Harry Lonsdale and Charlotte Corbett. We look forward to seeing what the Senior School students produce in the future
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