Friday, 25 June 2021

Coruscating black comedy is next project for students

THIS academic year has already seen The Henley College host two productions and next up first year Level 3 Diploma students will be showcasing their work.

The students, under the direction of Neil McCurley, will be staging Vernon God Little by Tanya Ronder, adapted from the Man Booker prize-winning novel by DBC Pierre.

Without wishing to give too much away, director Neil McCurley said: ‘The character of Vernon has been compared to both Holden Caulfield from Catcher In The Rye and Huckleberry Finn from Twain’s classic novel.

“There are similarities — all young male protagonists battling against a society that they see as corrupt on every level. There is a difference, however — Vernon is a classic unreliable narrator and everything we see is filtered through his 15-year-old eyes.”

The Man Booker Prize judges described the book as a “coruscating black comedy” and the play continues in that satirical vein as it explores Vernon’s desire to achieve celebrity status no matter the human cost.

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