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Review: ‘Brontë’ by Polly Teale presented by King’s Company in the Hayward Theatre, Ely, 10th -12th November 2010

November 21, 2010

It is extraordinary how the lives of three sisters, a wayward brother and an elderly father have captured the imaginations of a fascinated people for over a century and a half. The Brontës have become household names since the world has been caught up in the passionate literary creations of the sisters which contrast significantly with their seemingly ordinary, mundane lives in the parsonage at Haworth on the Yorkshire moors.

Charlotte’s novel Jane Eyre (1847), the tale of a young girl’s suffering, devotion and much thwarted love and Emily’s Wuthering Heights (1847), a tale centred on the wild, passionate bond between Cathy and Heathcliff have become an integral part of our culture.

King’s Company encapsulated perfectly the suffering and pain of the girls as they battled to thrive in a cold world filled with death, prejudice and the frailty of the human mind and body. Charlotte (Lexi Hill), Emily (Tori McIrvine) and Anne (Ruth Scott) sparked each other off with sisterly rivalry, compassion and youthful desire. Charlotte ruled the roost as far as her spirited family would allow, Emily was the wild uncompromising one, while young Anne tried in vain to equal her strong sisters. Branwell (Toby Hill) their wayward brother, like a ship lost as sea struggled unsuccessfully for identity and status and their father Patrick (Rowland Daniel) cocooned himself in his own world of caring for his parish and dealing with the frequent hardships and early deaths of his people.

Director Adella Charlton created a credible relationship between the family’s daily lives and the spirited imaginations of the individuals as their characters and phantoms from their books interwove between the crises within the family.

The imaginative Rochester and the real curate who married Charlotte, Arthur Bell-Nicholls, were effectively portrayed by Rory McCorquodale, Sally Cheng was the unforgettable spirit of Catherine Earnshaw from Wuthering Heights and Rob Archer left us with a strong impression of her dark and passionate kindred soul Heathcliff. Bertha from Jane Eyre and her crazed love for Rochester was powerfully portrayed by Annalie Taylor and Heger (Francesco Angrisani) and Arthur Huntingdon (Tony Lesmeister) were also given definitive and effective roles.

This production was challenging for students at a busy school but these fine, talented actors rose to the occasion magnificently. 

For more information about King’s Company contact (01353) 653939


Review of the King’s School Ely’s event: A Night at the Musicals

December 7, 2009

Review of the King’s School Ely’s event: A Night at the Musicals

The King’s School Ely did it again! Under the experienced directorship of Adella Charlton, children from all parts of the school participated in an evening of sheer delight. A Night at the Musicals provided a huge variety of items demonstrating different styles, approaches and levels of achievement.

The evening opened with an enchanting interpretation of Singing in the Rain by a host of some of the youngest children of the school from Acremont House. Shining rainwear and twirling umbrellas definitely added to ‘ah’ factor.

There were splendid solo items covering shows such as Avenue Q, Grease, The Lion King, Grease, 42nd Street, Sweet Charity,  Bombay Dreams, Chicago Aladdin and Jekyll and Hyde.  The talent of the performers was phenomenal with some of them showing real courage and commitment. Illness is usually rife in schools at this time of the year but these performers left us in no doubt that ‘the show must go on’ and indeed it did ‘go on’ and in splendid style, too. Highlights in the solos included a splendid tap dance: 42nd Street, a moving performance of I’m hopelessly devoted to you and a vibrant performance of All that Jazz from Chicago. Another highlight was undoubtedly Actor in Resident Nick Huntington’s performance of This is the moment from Jekyll and Hyde.

The group items added considerable verve to events and included Do you hear the people sing from Les Miserables by King’s Barbers, a medley from Momma Mia by Etheldreda Girls, Consider Yourself from Oliver and It’s a hard knock life from Annie by King’s Junior School, an unforgettable performance by the staff of Master of the House from Les Miserables, and the full cast singing Can’t stop the beat from Hairspray that ended this great evening in fine form. One of the most memorable items was the King’s Barber’s offering in which minimalist choreography and assured singing created a very moving performance. The undoubted expertise and delightful sounds of the Etheldreda girls was also particularly noticeable.    

Central to the success of the evening was the inspirational guidance of Director Adella Charlton and the high standard of music under the directorship of Peter North. The supportive crew and band were vital ingredients to this wonderful show.

 Profits from sales go to the school’s performing arts charity of the year: The Lantern Dance Theatre Company which is an Ely-based integrated company (

Future events:

The Exam by Andy Hamilton studio 1 the King’s School February 23rd – 25th 2010 7.30 p.m.

Jekyll and Hyde The Musical lyrics Leslie Bricusse, music Frank Wildhorn 16th and 18 – 20th March 2010 7.30 p.m. Hayward Theatre (booking from 22nd February)

Contact:  Adella Charlton Director of Performance Studies

Rosemary Westwell