The annual School Production is one of the highlights of the year. It takes place towards the end of the Easter term and is usually an exciting and innovative show, often involving both acting and singing, a big cast, elaborate costumes, staging and make-up, musicians and technical crew.
The Senior Production 2019 was Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale. Set in 1890, the play explores the experiences of the first women at Girton College, Cambridge and featured a mix of both fictional and real-life characters and incidents. It told the story of four young women who were passionate to succeed in their academic studies. Despite studying for the same degree as their male peers, and matching them grade for grade, the women were sent home empty-handed without an academic degree.
Jessica Swale is an Olivier Award winning playwright, director and screen writer. Her first play Blue Stockings premiered at The Globe Theatre, London, in August 2013 to critical acclaim. A 'Bluestocking' is a term which refers to a woman of considerable intellect and scholarly ability dating back to the 18th Century, although it later became a term of derision and lack of respect. Our play explored both these connotations and we were truly delighted and excited to present this story about women suffragists here at Farnborough Hill. The Theatre on the Hill was transformed in setting this historical play with a large-scale facade of Girton College and backdrop.
A Junior Production, 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' took place in June 2019.
Blue Stockings - Performance Photos
Find out more about our production of Blue Stockings in the film below:
Previous years' productions:
2018 - 'Anything Goes'.
2017 - 'Pride & Prejudice'.
2016 - 'Barnum' (Years 9 - 13) and 'The Wind in the Willows' (Years 7 - 8)