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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde    

      Whilst others were relaxing for their first Friday night of half term, 20 Year 11—Year 13 students were on their way to the Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury to watch The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

Arriving in good time, we passed through the bustling foyer and into the cosy theatre to find our seats.  The play was extraordinary in its wide variety of dramatic techniques; a cast comprising of only four actors who used a range of voice and gesture to great effect. Particularly impressive was the lead’s ability to change his presence so utterly to suit either Jekyll or Hyde, and present two entirely different personas to the audience. Those students also studying drama were astonished by the production and direction of the story – and even to those of us without such specialised knowledge, it was a very slick and gripping dramatization.

     However, we decided that the liberties the adaptation had taken with the story were not to its benefit. Foremost amongst our grievances was the introduction of a female love-interest in a storyline where the absence of female voices is purposefully noticeable. This, among other inventions and presentations, made for a lively conversation for the return journey to school.

     The general consensus was that the production was interesting and engaging, though quite inaccurate.