This year’s drama production of ‘Daisy Pulls it Off’ was a resounding success with girls in the 21st Century perfectly emulating public school girls from the 1920’s with considerable aplomb!
The plucky cast rose to the challenge of delivering a polished production and, although the pronunciation accents in Denise Deegan’s comedy initially proved difficult for even the most experienced drama students, it was clear that their dedication, sheer hard work and countless rehearsals had paid off. They certainly ‘Pulled Off’ a convincing and hilarious portrayal of 1920’s boarding school life at Grangewood School for Young Ladies – “the jolliest school in England”.
Amina Chowdhury, as the likeable Daisy Meredith, managed to perfectly capture the scholarship girl’s naïve innocence and true sense of fairness who truly believed it would be ‘absolutely topping’ to learn Latin and Greek and participate in all the joys of boarding school life.
Amna Iqbal, as jolly best friend Trixie Martin also delivered an energetic and eloquent performance and soon became an audience favourite with her over-the-top fervour and enthusiasm. The audience were instantly charmed by the pair and shared their excitement as they planned pranks, looked forward to midnight feasts, inter-dorm pillow fights and formed a secret society determined to find the Beaumont family’s missing treasure.
Commendable performances were also received from Alycia Booth and Jessica Whitcombe who played the pretentious snobs Sybil Burlington and Monica Smithers, determined to make life very difficult for Daisy. Their impeccable comic timing and sneering expressions made them a formidable double act and certainly a force to be reckoned with.
Harriet Whitaker-Myers was excellent as the firm but fair form mistress, Miss Granville, and Zaynab Awan was perfectly splendid as the enigmatic Russian music teacher, Mr Scoblowski. But really all the principal characters contributed to this stunning performance, they had obviously worked hard to perfect the fabulous mannerisms, hilarious facial expressions and were so over the top to deliver parody at its best.
All in all it was an absolutely spiffing production which perfectly captured the spirit of the era.
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