English A Level and IB students enjoyed a joint trip to see A Streetcar Named Desire by the English Touring Company which was directed by Chelsea Walker. The play was a modern interpretation of Tennessee Williams’ classic set in modern New Orleans. It was very useful for us as we are currently studying for our English Literature A Level. The staging was a cross-section of a modern flat. The best part for us was the relatable characters, all the actors were all under 35 which made it easier for us to empathise with them throughout the production. We also liked the feminist outlook the play had, in particular the feistier role of Stella. Blanche engaged our sympathy which is tested more as we read the play. We also liked the ice cream (chocolate)! At the end of the play we had the opportunity to talk to the director who explored her interpretation of the characters and feminism. It gave a real insight into the ideas and concepts she had in mind when directing the play. It was a very enjoyable afternoon and we found it very beneficial!
Alice Joyner and Emma Kilpatrick
Lower Sixth A Level Students