The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

By | July 24, 2010

REVIEW July 2010

A fabulous piece of theatre, charming and articulate, that showcases the remarkable talents of a cast of young actors. The clever, witty script was picked up with exuberance and maturity and the delivery was the best ever from HaBYT, not rushed, carefully balanced and intelligent; excellent emphases reflecting an understanding of the characters that was a pleasure to watch and be absorbed in.

The extraordinary ability of the lead actor, Champa Maciel, was more than equal to the task the Jean Brodie character presented and her pace and controlled emotion showed skill beyond her years. She was supported by a fabulous performance by Mollie John, as Sandy, whose poignant portrayal of a young, maturing woman seeing the cold truth was sensitive and moving.

Director Ken Keys chose a particularly challenging play dealing with huge social and political issues and it was simply uplifting to watch young people inject such energy, and humour, into it.

With a simple but effective set and a meticulously detailed music and sound effects score, a powerful story unfolded. This was good, fearless Drama. Every word could be heard; the accents were convincing and clear; costumes well sourced and individual characterisation was excellent all round. A terrific play that deserves to be seen by many.

Young cast show great maturity” – HB Today

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