The LAMDA Showcase 2018

Throughout the year, the Parabola Arts Centre echoes with the laughs and cries of girls working on their LAMDA pieces, with the odd gust of singing floating down the corridors, until each January we catch a glimpse of all their hard work in the annual Showcase.

This year’s event contained an eclectic range of pieces and, for the first time, included several Lower College girls. The opening number was a lively staging of the Wizard of Oz with Lower College student Tara as a particularly charming Dorothy. Kiera and Aylar were very amusing in a caustic portrayal of the two ugly sisters in The Glass Slipper, while Natahsa and Irene were most impressive in a comic scene between mistress and servant girl from The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

As well as Acting and Musical Theatre, LAMDA also offers a course in Verse and Prose Speaking. We had a very good example of this from Symriti's performance of a section from Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. She gave a very stylish, elegant and spooky recitation, with a complete command of the material.

There were several comic moments to treasure from the evening. Regina as the anxious mother in Plaza Suite, and Camilla and Nicole in their sinking boat in a scene from Split down the middle were hilarious, while Martha was a fantastically energetic Peter Quince from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Jacqueline gave a refreshing portrayal of Nina from The Seagull, through a melancholy but forceful account of the role. Ying gave a thrilling performance as Queen Margaret from Henry VI and, in a very different style, Emily was equally devastating in Sartre’s Huis Clos.

From a packed and varied evening, one piece stood out for its extraordinary depth of characterisation. Joy's performance in Cigarettes and Chococlate by Anthony Minghella was a tour de force, being both funny and tautly observed.

Congratulations to all the girls who took part in the evening and to their teachers for the careful preparation that went into all the work.