The reviews are in, and The Marxist in Heaven was a massive success!
After months of grueling rehearsals, blood, sweat and a few tears, last night was the home performance of TheatreEast's first production, directed by Megan Ratcliff. The show was an absolute success, with outstanding acting by all involved. Laughter rang through the main hall as the cast delighted their audience, and brought to life the heavenly show!
However, the show would not have been able to happen without the support and dedication of the all of the students and staff involved.
Firstly, a massive thank you to the Art Department, for providing us with the most wonderful props! They really helped to make the show, and both visiting directors from The National Theatre and Queens Theatre Hornchurch commented on how epic they were!
Secondly, a huge thank you to Ian for teaching our lighting team how to use the lights in such a short space of time! It was great to have students manning the lighting desk, and that wouldn't have been possible without your help! Also, to Sharon Pyke who took time to show us how to use the sound system, the curtains and all the other technical stage management bits that we needs to get the show onto Eastbury's stage!
Thirdly, we would like to extend a massive thank you to every member of staff that has supported us in making the show: those of you that allowed students out of lessons to rehearse; bought tickets to the show ; bought food from our tuck shop; helped promote the show to students- it helped create a real buzz around the school and encouraged our cast to really do their best! It also helped us to raise a WHOPPING £217.66 for Teenage Cancer Trust! A special thanks to Kerry, Louise, Whitney and the rest of the English and Drama Department who have been a constant pillar of support in the run up to the show.
And last, but by no means least, a gargantuan thank you to our wonderful cast, crew and, of course, our director Megan. It has been a really long and (at times) hard journey to get the show on the road, and it would not have been possible without the dedication, hard work and pure resilience of all those involved. So please, if you do see any of the students around the school, congratulate them on their hard work- they have achieved so much in such a short time, and they have really made Eastbury proud!
The next step for TheatreEast is our performance at Queens Theatre Hornchurch on Friday 10th April, 2020. Tickets are available now, so if you wasn't able to come to the school production, we would love it if you could join us then! https://www.queens-theatre.co.uk/whats-on/show/nt-connections-festival-2020/