The whole of our year 11 cohort and their English teachers recently
had the privilege of watching three fantastic actors from Ginificent perform a
true-to-text rendition of Sevenson’s murderous tale, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, in preparation for their English Literature
For one hour, the front of the main hall was transformed into a
scene from Victorian London and the clever set enabled students to visualise some
of the more complex aspects of the novel. The name and number of each chapter
was clearly displayed on a screen amidst the set, along with a voice over of
key extracts and key scenes which take place on the streets of London. The
three actors used a range of props, costumes and voices to portray the
different lives, personalities and motives of their characters.
I was particularly impressed by the use of both sides of the set
and the delivering of letters though the doors, which enabled both staff and
students to consider the story, characters and themes from different
After the performance, the actors led a discussion and our
students asked some very perceptive questions about the characters and plot.
The actors gave extended answers, developing the students’ understanding of
theme, context and character motive, all of which will be invaluable for the
It was a fantastic experience for both staff and students to see
the only true-to-text performance available delivered in such a unique and
engaging way which not only enabled students to revise their knowledge, but
also made them consider the text from alternative perspectives and hear the
professional actors’ interpretations of the story.