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'The College Revue'

'The College Revue'

The Sketch Society presents: 'The College Revue'. Thirty Minutes of Sketches Written and Performed by George Chilvers, Felix Barbour, Adam Hargreaves and Sam Shepherd, 6.2s

Studio Theatre: March 14th and 15th: 9-00pm

On the evenings of Monday March 14th and Tuesday March 15th, the ‘Sketch Society’ produced ‘The College Revue’ in the Studio Theatre, in front of large and appreciative audiences of Radleians, dons and parents. The four principal actors - George Chilvers, Felix Barbour, Adam Hargreaves and Sam Shepherd, all 6.2s, who also wrote all the material - played multiple roles throughout this series of amusing sketches: roles ranging from Hitler, to an American country “redneck” (below). These were all very humorous parts, as proven by the constant supply of laughter from the audience.

It is not necessarily the first thing on everyone’s mind on a Monday or Tuesday evening, after a long school day, followed by prep, to go and watch half an hour of sketches, when you could be in your Tutor’s kitchen, enjoying Cocoa. However, it is only fair to say that ‘The College Revue’ beat Cocoa by a country mile. The entire audience were chuckling away to themselves throughout, and not one person left without a smile on their faces.

The sketches, all of which the boys had directed and written, ranged from a duration of about four minutes, down to about thirty seconds: so if for some bizarre reason, you decided that you didn't like a certain sketch, you didn't have to sit through it for too long. The fast pace and constant change of personnel and theme in these sketches kept all of the audience engaged and, as the sketches progressed, the audience began to see a recurring and consistent theme of character for each actor - each appearance, bringing something new to the stage.

In addition, there were accompanying sounds and music for each sketch, expertly mastered by 6.1, Seb Aldous. Jack Kane was the other 6.1 involved in the Production.

I spoke to Adam Hargreaves, also of H Social, after the Production. Adam said that it was an “extremely enjoyable experience”, saying this on the behalf of all of the actors involved. Everyone left hoping to see another production of the same quality next year.

Review by Alexander Milne, H Social 6.1

 

 

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