REVIEW AND SLIDESHOW: Pupils reach new heights with performance

Wuthering Heights, performed by Duchess’s Community High School pupils, at Alnwick Playhouse, on Thursday, November 7.

Engrossing, captivating and absorbing – this was Duchess’s Community High School pupils’ performance of Wuthering Heights.

Wuthering Heights performed by pupils from the Duchess's High School.'Harry Brierly as Heathcliff.'Annie Davison as Cathy.

Wuthering Heights performed by pupils from the Duchess's High School.'Harry Brierly as Heathcliff.'Annie Davison as Cathy.

The talented cast simply shone, capturing all of the drama and emotion of this classic tale.

That is no easy feat either.

Emily Brontë’s story, adapted for the stage by April De Angelis, is deep, powerful and at times, very dark. It is as much an exploration of revenge and hate as it is love.

But the pupils coped remarkably and earned a standing ovation at the end of the night. Quite right too.

The High School has built up a fine reputation for its theatrical performances over the years, and Wuthering Heights was yet another memorable show.

The story is centred on lovers Cathy and Heathcliff – played by Annie Davison and Harry Brierley respectively.

It was fitting therefore that these talented youngsters stole the show.

There were others, of course, who stood out, including Benjamin Charles Kinloch, who played Mr Lockwood, and Amy Barrett, as Nelly Dean.

The cast was performing in front of an almost-sold-out Alnwick Playhouse.

One particular member of the audience was the school’s headteacher Maurice Hall. I am sure he was feeling very proud as his pupils lapped up the applause at the end of the performance.

Tonight is the final showing, but tickets are sold out.

CAST: Harry Brierley, Robert Shilton, Benjamin Charles Kinloch, Daniel Thomassen, Tyler Angus, Andrew Holden, Fynn Riseborough, Arthur Mills, Mathew Walton, Eric Bagnell-Lowe, Annie Davison, Kirsty Hensleigh, Amy Barrett, Lindsay Mannion, Stacey Turnbull, Helena Davidson, Hannah Lamb.

DIRECTOR: Martin Allenby.

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