Parabola Arts Centre
PAC box office: +44 (0)1242 707 338
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2012/13 Drama Events
The Yellow Wallpaper
6, 7 & 8 September 7pm
Written in 1892 by Charlotte Gilman Perkins, this short story, adapted for the stage by Fiona Ross, explores the story of a young woman, a new mother, who develops a strange obsession with the wallpaper in her room. Reality and illusion converge, with devastating results. Part psychological horror, part feminist critique, this chilling tale haunts and provokes.
Directed by Fiona Ross, this play will be our 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival production; performed by girls in the sixth form, the play will open in Edinburgh and run for three more nights in Cheltenham.
Classics and Drama Evening
12 November 7pm
The Classics and Drama departments present an evening of ancient Greek drama, including scenes from Sophocles’s Antigone and a staging of a small number of Greek myths.
These ancient stories have lost none of their power to show the extent of human suffering and self-sacrifice, and this will be a harrowing evening of revenge and death with, we hope, some moments of hearty comic relief to keep the spirits up.
6 & 7 December 7pm, 8 December 6pm
‘Returning to Jane Eyre fifteen years after I read it as a teenager I found a psychological drama of the most powerful kind. Everything and everyone in the story is seen, larger than life, through the magnifying glass of Jane’s psyche. Why though, I asked myself, did she invent a madwoman locked in an attic to torment her heroine? Why do these two women exist in the same story? Could it be that Jane and the madwoman are not in fact opposites? That, like all the most frightening ghosts, Bertha Mason exists not in the real world but in Jane’s imagination?’
Directed by Katie Bretherton, this production will feature girls from all year groups.
The Dark of the Moon
14 & 15 March 7pm, 16 March 6pm
Aptly described as ‘Romeo and Juliet meets The Crucible, with a touch of Twilight’, this play with music, directed by Antoinette Wilson, will involve girls from all years.
The Dark of the Moon tells the story of the beautiful but headstrong Barbara Allen and John, the Witch Boy, who falls in love with her. Set in the Smoky Mountains of Appalachia, the play explores the themes of love, magic and superstition as John will do anything to be with his love.
1 & 2 May 7pm
By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.
The Scottish Play traditionally brings misfortune and actors daren’t speak its name so make sure your lucky heather is safely tucked away and your seat number’s not 13.
An ambitious woman will stop at nothing to put her husband on the throne, and if he is not man enough to kill the King she will do it for him. And did those gypsy women with the heather know all this would happen? And Lady Macduff and her little boy: can a mother’s love not save them?
An LC1 and LC2 production, directed by Mark Smith.
Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street
22 & 23 May 7pm
Sing a song of ha’penny,
A pocket full of rye,
Four-and-twenty dead men
Baked in a pie
When the pie was opened
The men began to sing –
Based on a ‘penny dreadful’, a newssheet containing sensational descriptions of depravity, violence and grotesque murder, the original production of Sweeney Todd was first performed in 1847 at the Brittania ‘Bloodbath’, a theatre devoted almost exclusively to melodramas.
With snarling villains, posturing heroes and swooning heroines, this traditional Victorian melodrama is full of drama, horror and comedy, and will be performed by girls in LC3 and UC4, directed by Becky Revell.
2012/13 Music Events
8 November 7pm
The Scholars’ Recital is always a sensational evening of music-making given by our senior award holders in College. There will be a broad selection of music covering a wide range of musical genres on show this year and it promises to be a delightful evening.
Tickets are free of charge and can be booked through the Music department. Parents will be sent details of how to book tickets in the Autumn Term.
2012/13 Art Events
from 6 September
This exhibition will feature selected artworks from the 2012 end of year show of girls’ work made under the department theme of ‘Moving Parts’, as well as highlights of girls’ work from the external GCSE, A Level and IB examinations. Arresting work by dynamic students.
SFC Art Scholarship Exhibition
from 5 November
Our UC5 girls can apply for the SFC Art Scholarship, and this exhibition will showcase their work alongside external candidates’ submissions. This group show is a perfect test for aspiring artists.
Keighley Photography Prize 2013
from 17 January
This popular exhibition shows wonderfully accomplished work by photographers of all ages. The excitement created by such a competitive exhibition ensures that show always becomes a talking point. These are photographs that belong on gallery walls rather than on website pages.
Dreaming in the Scholar’s House
from 4 February
This year’s Lower College Art Scholarship candidates will join our Art Scholars in an exhibition inspired by some of the artists represented in CLC’s own permanent art collection. For this special exhibition, selected artworks will be moved from their usual sites in College to hang alongside the girls’ works that they have inspired. This is a rare opportunity to see some of the wonderful art in our collection properly exhibited.
Dave Stokes: College Photographer
from 19 April
Dave Stokes has been College photographer for one year, and our school community has enjoyed seeing itself through his lens. This exhibition brings to the PAC galleries some of his own work, outside of his College role; collaborating with fellow photographer, Mike Drummond, this will be an interactive exhibition that will question how much of one’s personality is given away purely by appearance.