Pride & Prejudice – two stunning performances from Cranbrook Students
Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy took to the stage on Wednesday and Thursday evening (7th/8th February) at Cranbrook School in a whole school production of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen, produced and directed by Jade Deeble, Head of Drama at the school.
The cast included pupils from Year 7 to Year 13 all coping brilliantly with the language of the period, delivering their lines expertly to depict the manners, education, marriage, and money issues during the British Regency period. The staging worked well with minimal scenery and props which were cleverly switched between scenes by members of the ensemble.
The superb production was led by Alexander Knollys as Mr Darcy and Elsa Doig as Elizabeth who performed well together to portray Darcy overcoming his pride and Elizabeth her prejudice. Conor Sinclair was comically long suffering as Mr Bennet and Josie Kohlik was excellent as his nerve-riddled, over anxious wife. The main cast was supported by a wealth of acting talent from across the year groups including a stunning and confident performance from 12 year old Tabitha Field as the ancient Mrs Gardner, aunt to the Bennet sisters and instrumental in bringing Darcy and Elizabeth together in marriage.