Category: Theatre

‘Rage, rage against the dying of the light.’  (Dylan Thomas) Today we celebrate the anniversaries of the births of two legendary modern poets, both of whom died in their 30s – far too early … If either Sylvia Plath (1932) or …

Literary Anniversaries: 27 October Read More »

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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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Oscar Wilde: playwright, wit, writer, aesthete and notorious Victorian homosexual, was born today in 1854. We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Wilde is probably best known for his whimsical yet satirical …

Literary Anniversaries: 16 October Read More »

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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 …

Trip to ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ Read More »

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For ages I’ve been thinking of producing something like this (and indeed a similar version for science fiction), so I was simultaneously thrilled and jealous to find a flowchart which picks a Shakespeare play for you, based on your preferences. …

Where to start with Shakespeare? Read More »

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Today’s birthday author is Mark Haddon, born in 1962. Haddon wrote his first novel, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (2003) as a book for adults, and yet it won the Whitbread Prize for children’s fiction and I …

Literary Anniversaries: 26 September Read More »

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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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It’s not just the English blog that’s had a little attention recently … over the summer we try (and often fail) to do something to freshen up our classrooms.  This summer I was determined to do something to liven up C5, …

New classroom posters Read More »

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Here’s an opportunity to go and see a performance of Harper Lee‘s much-loved classic, To Kill A Mockingbird:  a tale about innocence, about intolerance, and perhaps about growing up in an imperfect world and making choices about the kind of person …

To Kill A Mockingbird at The Octagon, Bolton Read More »

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Watch the Richard III trailer here. Just a reminder about this week’s live national screening.  The nearest cinemas showing the event are Vue in Barrow and Dukes in Lancaster.  This would/should be of particular interest to those students I will be teaching …

Reminder: Richard III live, Thursday 21 July Read More »

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