Henley Standard Property
HOME

Date:

Order your copy Advertise with us! HENLEY PAGES
Delivering the news from Henley on Thames and South Oxfordshire for over 100 years
  News     Sport    Celebrity   What's On Regulars Community Info Henley Standard TV Lifestyle Property Jobs Classifieds Gallery Trade
                               Follow us    Follow us    Newsfeed Search the Henley Standard  
Student actor is ‘outstanding’ as the Elephant Man
Published 06/01/14



THE Henley College drama students returned to the college’s Rotherfield Hall auditorium just before Christmas for a production of The Elephant Man under the direction of Neil McCurley.

The story of the life of Victorian curiosity Joseph Merrick is told in a series of episodes, starting with his early days in a travelling sideshow and culminating with his final years in a London hospital. Merrick’s life was certainly eventful and for the most part this production was successful in retelling it.

Opening with a fairground prologue I wasn’t entirely convinced by, the production did its best to transport the audience back to the 1880s. However it wasn’t until the second act, when the frenetic pace of the storytelling slowed, that I found myself becoming genuinely absorbed into the action.

It was the second act where the most tender, poignant and memorable scenes were played out — Merrick, free from his crippling disability, lecturing those who would label him different, a dream in which he danced with his “Little Darlings”, his questioning of God for not using both hands when creating him and the completion of his treasured model church.

Without the use of any prosthetics, leading man Ben Cooper physically transformed into Merrick before our eyes and went beyond the surface tics and mannerisms to find the character’s heart and so win the empathy of the audience.


It was an outstanding achievement for an actor so young and both Cooper and McCurley must be congratulated on their work.

There is little doubt that Cooper dominated proceedings, but it would be remiss not to mention the able support provided by the cast around him.

Particular mention should be made of James Fawcett as Frederick Treves and Stella Moss as the aristocratic Mrs Kendall who were both convincing in their respective roles.

This was undoubtedly an emotionally charged retelling of a story which, it seems, I wasn’t as familiar with as I thought.

Helen Thompson

The Elephant Man

Rotherfield Hall, The Henley College

PUBLISHED 06/01/14



 
MOST POPULAR
Crowds 'Rewind' despite weather
Local schools buck national GCSE trend
17 new homes planned after firm leaves
Peer wins fight over 'prison' house
Fan noise means we canít stay in our own home
Village pub could re-open with B&B
Boy, 16, wins race that inspired him to swim
Fears over closure of car park entrance
 
 
LATEST LIFESTYLE HEADLINES
Car’s out to Captur a bigger market share
Rugged performer lets you go your own way
Motorists could be playing with tyre...
Luxury minus the showroom price tag
Curry heaven at Café le Raj
John Deere mower is on offer
‘To travel ergonomically’ improves on old adage
Focus on... growing old gracefully with Tai Chi
Day or night, aim to exercise right
We have great offers on laser hair removal
Mindfulness course is all about living life
Studio One is calling adults to the barre
Latest Video View more from   Henley Standard TV
ADVERTISE WITH US
LATEST NEWS HEADLINES
Fan noise means we canít stay in our own home
Disabled boy's joy at adapted tricycle
Athletes urged to enter Highwayman races
Booksellers caught up in Italian earthquake
Return of flower show
Top Videos
 
Most Popular
 
 
 
 
Higgs Group
HIGGS GROUP
Tel: 01491 419400
www.higgsgroup.co.uk
HENLEY PAGES
Tel: 01491 419419
www.henleypages.com
HIGGS PRINTING & DESIGN
Tel: 01491 149429
www.higgsprinitng.co.uk
HIGGS OFFICE SUPPLIES
Tel: 01491 419499
www.higgsofficesupplies.co.uk
HENLEY LIFE MAGAZINE
Tel: 01491 419449
www.henleylife.co.uk
  HIGGS GROUP, Caxton House, 1 Station Road, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1AD. Telephone (01491) 419400  
© Higgs & Co (Printing) Limited 2012  |  Registered in England number 1418717