From the Deputy Head Master – Summer Hill

Whenever one person stands up and says, “Wait a minute. This is wrong!”, it helps others do the same.

At this week’s Middle School Assembly the Deputy Head of the Middle School followed up last week’s focus on the School’s unequivocal rejection of bullying and violence as a means of problem solving with a wonderful and engaging series of anecdotes that brought a warm and very human perspective to the issue and reiterated the School’s position that bullying will not be accepted. Your sons are very fortunate to have Mr Galluzzo as a mentor. If your son is in the Middle School, perhaps you could ask him about Wednesday’s message over dinner tonight.

This morning at Quad Assembly we enjoyed a wonderful promotional performance of the upcoming production, One Man, Two Guvnors, a play by Richard Bean, which is an English adaptation of Servant of Two Masters (Il servitore di due padroni), a 1743 commedia dell’arte style comedy play by the Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni. The play replaces the Italian period setting of the original with Brighton, England, in 1963. The plot revolves around mistaken identities (including gender swaps), betrayals, murders (off stage), romance (on stage) and plenty of slapstick (on and off stage). So, what makes it a timeless classic? Well, the issues it raises have been with us ever since Adam was a boy. In 2021, as we have seen played out in the media and public discourse, the community fracture lines between class, gender and race are as wide as they have ever been, and it is this timeless reflection on the human condition that makes the play compelling and potentially transformative, as well as hilarious. In response, we can either resort to outrage and despair, or we can take a more optimistic perspective using satire and farce. Commedia opts for the restorative power of laughter. The stage band, The Salmon Skifflers, who accompanied the actors this morning were also wonderful, and the channelling of Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend in their performance of The Who’s, My Generation, alone will be worth the price of admission. Tickets are strictly limited due to the restrictions still placed on us by Covid-19 Public Health Orders, so book early if you would like a ticket to what promises to be a wonderful evening’s light entertainment.

Bookings open Wednesday 31 March

Bradley Barr | Deputy Head Master – Summer Hill


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