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An Italian Straw Hat 

Italian straw hat‘Golly it’s hot!’ was an oft repeated phrase from Hal York Forward’s Tardiveau across the evening performances of An Italian Straw Hat – delivered with beautifully paced comic timing and suitably anguished physical and facial expressions; every time it was heard, the audience collapsed into laughter. As a measure of the performances this captures the atmosphere of the event. The young cast of Stamford Endowed Schools' Year 10 and Year 11 students, under the superb direction of Drama Graduate, Douglas Tawn (OS ’12) and Drama Teacher Mr Rushton, had the audience in stitches as they wove their way through the slapstick farce and comedy of this classic tale of weddings, grumpy father-in-laws, double-entendre and chaotic chase sequences. A tour de force of acting was delivered by the two leads of the show with Daniel Watt as Fadinard, the much put upon suave and charming Groom-to-be and Libby Guttridge Smith as Nonancourt, the hilariously Northern father of the bride. The Birkbeck Studio proved the ideal location for the show where we played to full houses across all three shows.

Head of Drama Anneke Davies commented: "I am enormously proud of the cast, crew and staff involved in what was a cracking show to see out the end of the Autumn Term; food for the soul indeed!"