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 by Vivien Leigh in the 1951 film) will be taken by Maxine Peake.
About the play: Blanche and Stella Dubois are sisters who grew up in the privileged and romanticised Deep South of the United States. The younger sister, Stella, traded the family home – Belle Reve, meaning ‘beautiful dream’ – for a very different life with the rough and ready blue-collar worker Stanley Kowalski (Marlon Brando’s explosive first film role). Blanche, however, stayed at Belle Reve until circumstances force her to take an extended visit with the Kowalskis in their tiny flat in a poor, multicultural area of New Orleans. What follows is a clash of cultures and a fight, essentially, for the soul of America as it emerges from the Second World War.
About Maxine Peake: Maxine Peake’s CV is impressive for it’s breadth as well as it’s longevity. Those of us with long memories will remember her in Victoria Wood’s Dinnerladies, but since then she has played parts in The Village, Shameless, played the title role in Hamlet and appeared on the big screen in The Theory of Everything.
Find out more about the production by clicking here.
If you’re a student interested in coming on the trip, please speak to Mr. Sims.