The Lady in the Van | King's College Taunton

The Lady in the Van

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During Arts Week at the end of the Summer Term, the King’s community gathered in the amphitheatre to enjoy an evening of comedic drama courtesy of our talented young drama pupils.

Channeling two of Britain’s great writers and actors, five pupils took on the role of Alan Bennett opposite three versions of Maggie Smith’s lady in the van.

Creatively produced by our Head of Drama, Harriet Agg-Manning, to involve as many pupils as possible, the audience was transported to the London suburb where Alan first encountered the woman who would come to live in her van on his driveway for the next 15 years. Utlising the amphitheatre to great effect, Alan's thoughts and writing were illustrated through a series of collective and individual musings, as the 'main' Alan took centre stage., with the ladies each performing a period in Mary's life.

Poignant yet funny, the characters were brought to life with charm and great attention to detail. The Yorkshire accents displayed by the 'Alans' were very authentic indeed, and Cora Frith-Fletcher's 'Maggie Smith' was equally impressive!

Behind the scenes our Theatre Manager, ably assisted by pupils, ensured everything ran smoothly.

Our thanks go out to the whole drama department and our amazing pupils – performances like this would not be possible without their enthusiasm, engagement, commitment and hard work.

It was the perfect way to start Arts Week and it well and truly set the bar high!

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