Five of the tales were portrayed by the pupils who proved that they are very adept at comedy. Stars of the show were Alfie Thomlinson (as Sir Codsbrain) and Devon Batley (as Queen Guinevere), in the Wife of Bath’s Tale, where the hapless ladies’ man is sent on a quest to discover what it is that women really want; Alex Cutts-Walters as the miller from The Miller’s Tale, a bawdy tale of infidelity and unrequited love, and Evangeline Barnby as the arrogant cock, Chaunticleer in The Nuns’ Priest’s Tale who almost gets his comeuppance at the hands of the wily and fawning Sir Russell Fox.
Year 7 pupils performed The Knight’s Tale, a tale of love and worthiness, while Years 10 and 11 pupils performed an interpretation of The Pardoner’s Tale, a grim story of betrayal at the hands of friends, death and poisoning – difficult to portray in a comedic manner but they managed to pull it off!
Forging the link between the Tales were the Alchemists, Michelangelo, Jocasta, Giovanni and Amelia, who also played it for laughs, introducing the author himself, Geoffrey Chaucer, played by Sam Kavanagh, as a near corpse who came miraculously back to life for the finale of the show.
Headmaster Dr John Sweetman said:
It is really difficult to play comedy and play it well, and I have been very impressed with the way our young actors rose to the challenge. This was a new direction for them in terms of the type of production we usually put on at the school and all credit must go to them and to new drama teacher Belinda Maunsell on her first production at the school. Congratulations to them all.