On Tuesday 12 September, the English department took 26 S4 pupils to Theatre Royal to see Matthew Spangler's adaptation of The Kite Runner. The play is based on the international best-selling debut novel of the same name by Khaled Hosseini.
The story opens in 1980’s Afghanistan, a country on the verge of war. In Kabul, two childhood friends, Amir and Hassan, are full of excitement and anticipation for the annual kite flying tournament. However, the day ends tragically for Hassan following a shocking incident which shatters both their lives forever. The Kite Runner is the story of Amir's long journey to confront what happened that afternoon and find redemption for his sin.
The acting of the company was incredible, and brought the story to life in a way that was totally absorbing, and extremely moving. It was a really interesting production, in that the parts of children were played by adults. The actor playing Amir had to flit between his role as a child and his grown-up self as narrator; this showed off the talent of the actor in the leading role, but also made the changes extremely dramatic. The actors sometimes spoke in Farsi (one of the languages in Afghanistan) which made you feel you were there where the story was unfolding. .
The sound effects were also very effective in that they were made by the cast themselves. For example, during the kite flying tournament, the actors used hand-held instruments to generate the sound of the wind. A drummer sat at the front of the stage during the whole production, playing during moments of heightened tension.
Overall, a wonderful performance that left everyone feeling very moved.
Molly Scales (S4)