This review appeared in the School Magazine
On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday May 31st, June 1st, 2nd; the Drama Club presented
"The Government Inspector" by Nicolai Gogol in the School Hall. The venture was a
resounding success and the producer Mr. A. S. Jaques and the cast of boys and girls
of the School are to be congratulated.
The play which is a period piece and a comedy, is set in early nineteenth century
Russia. Hence it was only by dint of some very talented performances, very hard work
in rehearsal that the play was brought back to such vigorous life.
The entire play is based on mistaken identity and on the panic caused - for good
reasons - among the Officials of the towns headed by the Mayor when a hint is
dropped that the Inspector-General is coming incognito from St. Petersburg. Such is
the consternation of the inept officials that they take Khlestakov, a smartly
dressed windbag, to be the Government Inspector. Jeffrey Thompson gave an admirable
performance in this latter part. The part of the Mayor, which was the longest and
most difficult, was played by Colin Jarman. He deserves great praise for a very
Robert Lockyer, the School Superintendent; Christine Rudd his wife; District Judge,
Robert Morgan; Charity Commissioner, Richard Goold; Postmaster, Ian MacNab; Town
Landowners, Kenneth Willis and Anthony Dring all gave of their best, and deserve the
warmest praise. Other fine performances were given by Michael Corbyn as Yosif,
Khlestakov's servant; by Frances Cox, and Barbara Jones as the Mayor's wife and
daughter, ably supported in smaller parts by Jacqueline Farrow and June Astill, by
Peter Lowman, Colin Berry, Paul Warren, Graham Waite, James Franklin and John Wigley.
The period of the play gives a fine opportunity for some colourful and attractive
costumes, and despite the inadequacy of the stage, the scenery, lighting and music
were very effective.
Special mention is due to David Harvey, the extremely efficient Stage Manager, and
his team. - R.S.