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The Importance of Being Earnest

16th May 2019

Dear Parents,

This is to give details of the current and potential Study I Literature and AS and Upper Transits Drama trip to the Watermill Theatre on Thursday 23rd May. We are going to see The Importance of Being Earnest which is a compulsory set text on the A Level Literature syllabus and an excellent play to observe, drawing on so many dramatic comic conventions for GCSE Drama students. As it is a set text, the girls who will study A Level Literature with us in September from the current Shell have also been invited to attend.

The Watermill Theatre website explains:

‘Discovered as a baby in a handbag in the lost property cloakroom at Victoria Station, Jack’s identity has always been an enigma. When a marriage proposal sets a sequence of ridiculous events in motion, Jack’s past threatens to catch up with him. Oscar Wilde’s trademark wit and masterful storytelling are at the heart of this hilarious comedy of manners about misbehaving in a manor.’

The performance starts at 7.30pm and we will leave at 5.45pm to be sure of arriving in plenty of time as the A34 can be challenging at this time of night. Please can day girls bring a packed supper and we will provide supper for boarders.

At the moment there is no advertised running time. Girls will be told as soon as we know and obviously they will be able to communicate on the night should timings change. Should girls need to stay over at school for £20, then that facility is available if you could please let us know as per the reply slip. Beds will be allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis.

The cost of the trip will be approximately £30, including the ticket and transport, by minibus and staff car to keep costs down. It will be added to the bill at the end of the term.

With many thanks for your continued support of the school theatre trips. They really do help to bring drama to life from the page and will hopefully add to your daughter’s overall understanding of the play.

Yours sincerely,

Bridget Sherlock and Mandy Constance