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FREE AUDIO: A Streetcar Named Desire

You can access a BBC production of Tennessee Williams’ important play by clicking this link.  The link is valid until 24 April. A Streetcar Named Desire (one of our A Level texts) is on the surface a domestic drama – the

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Literary Anniversaries: 08 November

“Long is the way and hard, that out of Hell leads up to light.” You can probably tell from this Literary Anniversaries series that this is something I’ve been interested in for a while.  It’ll come as no surprise that

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Literary Anniversaries: 17 October

Today we reflect on the life of one of Marilyn Monroe’s husbands, the playwright Arthur Miller.  Yet, Monroe was the second Mrs. Miller, and his life (and work) was just as fascinating without her …

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Trip to ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

Yesterday saw around two dozen students from Years 11-13 travel down to Manchester to watch Tennessee Williams’ famous play at the Royal Exchange Theatre. Dreadful roadworks in central Manchester meant we arrived with scant minutes to spare but it took

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Literary Anniversaries: 07 October

I can think of at least two films that honour today’s author by calling him Mister Edgar Allan Poe, who died today in 1849 at the age of only 40.  If you want to know which they are, I reveal the answers

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Sixth Form trip to see ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’: 08 October

A reminder to all sixth-formers interested in this trip to have your reply slips and payments in as soon as possible.  Places are strictly limited for the trip, so we’ll have to work on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

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Literary Anniversaries: 16 August

Today in 1949, Margaret Mitchell died in Atlanta, Georgia – the town of her birth, 49 years earlier. Only one of Mitchell’s novels was published during her lifetime, but what a novel it is:  the remarkable and memorable Gone With

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Y12 Theatre Trip: A Streetcar Named Desire (Maxine Peake)

This Autumn we are hoping to take a group of Y12 students to see a production of Tennessee Williams‘ wonderful ‘A Streetcar Named Desire‘, which is one of their A Level texts.  Excitingly, the central role of Banche Dubois (played

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