Welcome to the Premiere of Epicene

At last the curtain is rising on our long-awaited whole school play, Epicene! We very much hope you enjoy the production and our thanks and congratulations to all the pupils and staff involved!

Epicene

 

There is no ticket price for the performance but donations, if wished, for the performing arts and creative projects at Glenalmond College can be made, and would be much appreciated, via https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GlenalmondCollege.

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A very warm welcome from Glenalmond College to the premiere of Epicene the Movie. We hope that you can relax and enjoy tonight's production which will be screened at 7pm. 

Please enjoy a browse through the programme here at your leisure. 

Glenalmond is one of very few schools in the UK to be able to stage a play in the midst of restrictions and allow pupils to experience fully a performance while adhering to COVID-safe measures.

Epicene is a 1609 Renaissance comedy by Ben Jonson, originally performed after a long period when London theatres were closed due to the plague, so the timing of its Glenalmond revival chimes keenly with the present day.

Online auditions for the play started during remote learning in June 2020, when pupils from all year groups were assessed for the parts via Google Meet interviews with Mrs Moss, from Scotland to Italy to Thailand.

One key aspect of the play which Mrs Moss is also very enthusiastic about is the way it embraces the subject of gender performance. This production of Epicene has girls and boys playing both male and female roles, challenging the audience to think about gender and how society expects men and women to behave.

“It also raises questions about how society reacts when people confound those expectations - this is an aspect of the play which the pupils have really taken on board and which feels incredibly relevant and modern,” said Mrs Moss.

“The pupils have really embraced this aspect of the play and it has generated considerable discussion and input from them.”

The plot of Epicene centres on Sir Dauphine (played by Henry R, Upper Sixth), a young aristocrat who is threatened whose uncle Morose (Matthew B, Upper Sixth) is threatening to disinherit him, by marrying. Dauphine hatches a plot to prevent this, by planting a stooge as Morose’s bride Epicene (Zac G, Fourth Form), who comes across as a demure young woman. In reality, she is anything but.

The play also sees excellent performances from Arthur R (who plays Truewit), Scarlett M (Ned Clerimont), Niall D (Ted Monteclaire), Freyha K (Mistress of Revels), Giulia R (Sir Gianni Taccola), Jake C (Sir Amorous La Foole), Kyla G (Mistress Otter) and Samuel H (Tom Otter).

Glenalmond’s Artist in Residence, Christopher Moss, has produced a stunning set for the play, working late into the night and through the weekends to recreate a London street of the period meticulously.

“The attention to detail in the set design is exceptional,” said Mrs Moss. “We were aware that a live audience would never be able to see the set, but we were determined the pupils would not miss out on any aspect of their play experience.

“As a result we have the most amazing set for the play which has given all the pupils involved a huge lift, along with the costumes and props our staff and pupils have been working hard on, and the make-up looks created by our Art department.”

The play, which really is a whole-school effort, features adaptations of ‘80s music produced by the school’s Director of Music Tim Ridley and recorded by school musicians, both staff and students.

Read more here.