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On Thursday 23 February the Upper Sixth drama pupils performed a devised comic piece, ‘Something Old, Something New, Who’s in the Closet, is it You?’ with aplomb and flair. The group started writing the piece in late November and based their performance on commedia dell’arte, a comic Italian performance style. The characters and style of Commedia are seen in television shows like Fawlty Towers and the National Theatre production of ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’.
The production was set at a dysfunctional wedding that descended into chaos. Sam Sterling (Surrey) and Sophie Salsbury (Gloucester) played the servants, Arlecchino and Columbina, who delivered exceptional comedic timing and outrageous flirtation from the outset.
Charlotte Corbett (Gloucester) and Lauryn Cloughley (Haslewood) transformed themselves into bickering old fathers of the newlyweds, sending the audience into fits of laughter with their antics.
A love triangle between three characters was brought vividly to life through animated facial expressions and physical comedy from Lewis Catto (Montgomery), Charlotte Coe (Gloucester) and Jack Maison-Hayman (Churchill).
The show will be performed again as part of the Leatherhead Drama Festival at 7pm on Tuesday 2 May.
Further photos of the performance are available in the Upper Sixth devised performance photo gallery.
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