Pupils enjoy Nobel cause

PUBLISHED: 13:52 02 March 2006 | UPDATED: 11:33 04 May 2010

DURING rehearsals for Harold Pinter s play, The Caretaker, the drama team at The King s School in Ely were delighted to hear that the playwright had been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. A struggle for territory lies at the heart of The Caretaker,

DURING rehearsals for Harold Pinter's play, The Caretaker, the drama team at The King's School in Ely were delighted to hear that the playwright had been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

A struggle for territory lies at the heart of The Caretaker, which was a success when it was first performed in 1960.

The rundown London house in which it takes place, its maintenance and redecoration, who owns it, who is its caretaker and who lives next door are the constant topics of conversation.

The statue of Buddha is a symbol of wisdom, patience and kindness, and its fate in the play reflects the destruction of these qualities. In the end, family and property triumph over charity.

Anthony Coleridge, who played Mick, has been in almost every school production over the past two years. He is in his final year at King's, and is auditioning for drama schools. He recently completed his LAMDA examination and received a silver award.

Drama teacher Geoffrey Robertson, who coached Anthony for his LAMDA exam, directed The Caretaker and also took the part of Aston. Nick Nicholas, the school's head of outdoor pursuits, and a former member of the Mildenhall Fringe Theatre Company, gave a bravura performance as Davies, which required him to be on stage for almost the entire performance.

Anthony Coleridge will be playing Jesus in The Mysteries, adapted from the Wakefield, Chester and York Cycles by Christopher Denys, which will be staged by the King's School in Ely Cathedral on March 27/28.

INFO: Tickets for The Mysteries are available from the Cathedral box office on 01353 660349 or King's box office 01353 653931 or you can visit music@kings-ely.cambs.sch.uk

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