I auditioned for “Two” on the first week back after the summer and only a few days later I was playing the lead in the school play! And so began my temporary double life; part time a-level student, part time pub landlord! After finding out more about the play we were going to put on I was sceptical that we could pull it off – but after our first table read with the full company, I knew it would be a hit! Rehearsals whizzed as only a month and a half later, following a performance space change and a few broken glasses it was opening night. My heart was beating out of my chest but with the sound of the Happy Monday’s playing through the ‘cellar door’, we stepped into the Swaine Tavern and put on a show! The audience reaction was outstanding as they were immersed in the ups and downs of pub life, up north in the late 80’s, from the over-confident and unsuccessful womaniser to the warring husband and wife, from the reminiscent old man to the unsatisfied, lover of big men – and even down the fan favourite post show karaoke (I’m not sure our full cast rendition of Reach by S Club 7 can ever be matched!). I was immensely proud to have played a part in this performance and it has given me memories I will cherish for life. The camaraderie that existed throughout the company was wonderful and we the play, and the karaoke, will be remembered for years to come. Who knew that I could put on a northern accent, get on stage and create a portrayal of a grieving father and bring a tear to my mother’s eye?
Cameron McTeare – Year 13
Yet another impressive show from Mr Messios and his team. Thank you! Two by Jim Cartwright is a hard-hitting play looking at difficult to deal with issues in relationships and life all set in a working-class pub up north where everyone knows everyone. There were no gimmicks or show stopping songs, just pure acting. Every member of the cast gave their roles their all and they should all feel really proud. Every single character was totally believable, even down to the abusive husband Roy played by Charlie Savva. How hard to have the whole audience hating your character within a few seconds when you are such a lovely person in real life, and yet he managed it. I actually thought one of the audience was going to step in and tell him to stop at one point! I loved the part when Amber Irish playing Mrs Iger, the wife of Mr Iger, a little man (Michael Tambimuttu), lets us into her yearning for a “big man”. I have to give props to my daughter Jasmine Joseph and her stage husband Cameron McTeare who played the landlady and landlord. Their portrayal of a bickering couple, who held a deep dark secret, was slowly unravelled throughout the play. I was blown away by the intensity of the moment when Jasmine screamed and poured out her feelings about the loss of their son. You could have heard a pin drop in the auditorium and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house.
All that is left to say is “Fat fat palomino” …
And I can’t wait for the next show.
Debi Weisberg – A very proud Mum!
Being a cast member of EBS’s production of TWO was a truly enriching experience. Being able to be a part of a production like this allowed me to express an interest of mine that I can’t within my lessons, and needless to say this felt outstanding. I auditioned on a whim because I’d seen last year’s production of Little Shop of Horrors and thought to myself “yeah, I fancy a bit of that.”. Especially since we were a small cast of only 14, a feeling of genuine connection between us all made this production fun, not only on stage for cast and audience alike, but also behind the scenes in rehearsals and backstage during performances (sorry to Saturday night’s audience if you heard us laughing!). Another brilliant aspect about acting in TWO was working with our wonderful directors, Mr. Messios Ms Carnegie-Gomez, and Mr. Steele. These three particularly dedicated teachers gave up hours of their time to ensure our production was on track and to the best quality it could have been. Whether focusing intensively on particular scenes or simply running vocal warm-ups before each show, these two were a delight to have run our play. In only a short few months, this regular Barnet boy was brought to feel like a Hollywood star! Thank you to everyone who came and made it possible. Thanks!
Alex Schwaller – Year 13
Two is about looking into all the lives of the people sitting in the pub who go on a night out and grab a Lager, Pint or a Babycham. But every person in the pub has their own demons their fighting or are just arguing over whether Elvis Presley took drugs or not. The way Jim Cartwright wrote it was incredible. And the way Mr Messios directed and the way the cast performed was truly how Jim Cartwright wanted it to be like – an emotional roller coaster. Wow, I don’t even know where to start. Personally, I think I was blessed with the best cast ever. It’s just interesting to be around different people who are your age or older who you would just normally walk past on an average school day. Then BOOM! You see a different side to them during rehearsals. Doing a show in itself is great. You make connections with people you never thought you would be friends with. The cast of Two became a little family, in the very little time we had. It was not stressful at all – well for everyone except Mr Messios. To be fair it was an enjoyable experience and I would do it all over again and change nothing. Trust me if you can act or have a thing for drama do a school show. IT’S WORTH IT!
Aliyah Mabruck – Year 11
There’s a Yiddish word, kvell which describes what a parent does when they see their child perform in the school play: the pride they feel. Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to watch my Year 8 son Raffi play a small role in the sixth form play, Two. The play needed a small Northern boy and Raffi fit the bill. And boy did I kvell. And so too did the other parents, friends and staff who watched the performance. Two by Jim Cartwright is a tough play; tough on the emotions and tough on the memory. Set in a pub, the actors played with and amongst the audience and they didn’t just remember their many lines, they delivered them with real emotion and sensitivity. And there was humour too. When I wasn’t weeping silently into my beer and crisps (bought from the set when the ‘pub’ opened half an hour prior to the performance) I was laughing at the jokes and even sometimes too at the pathos. What a magnificent performance. Lovely idea too to add karaoke to the end of the evening. I am already looking forward to my next opportunity to kvell: Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat in the new year (shameless plug). Thank you to the students and staff and very well done.