Blewbury Players' production of She Stoops to Conquer

Herald Series: Student performers . . . Charlie Osborne, top left, Georgie Savage, bottom left, Daniel Stainthorp, top right, and Hannah Tompkins, bottom left Student performers . . . Charlie Osborne, top left, Georgie Savage, bottom left, Daniel Stainthorp, top right, and Hannah Tompkins, bottom left

FOUR Didcot sixth formers are to star in a performance of an 18th-century comedic masterpiece.

Charlie Osbourne, Georgie Savage, Hannah Tompkins and Daniel Stainthorp have roles in Blewbury Players’ production of Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer. It is being performed at the Orchard Dene open-air garden theatre in Blewbury from Wednesday to Saturday, July 18 to 21.

One of the few plays from the period to have an enduring appeal thanks to the wit of the characters and its elaborate scheming, She Stoops to Conquer tells the story of young lovers whose happiness hinges on an intricate web of deception.

Hannah takes the role of the young and attractive Kate Hardcastle, who is meant to marry the dashing Charles Marlow, played by Daniel. But Marlow finds himself unable to speak to such a well-bred girl and it is only when she disguises herself as a barmaid that he reveals himself.

Charlie plays George Hastings, a close friend of Charles, and Georgie takes the role of Mrs Hardcastle’s niece, Constance Neville, who is the subject of George’s admiration.

The production has a professional director in Lydia Milman Schmidt and the designer is Sarah-Jane Booth.

Orchard Dene has tiered seating and a bar is open before the show and during the interval. Audiences are also welcome to picnic in the garden before Act 1. Tickets are £12 for adults and £6 for children/students (under 18) and are available at www.blewburyplayers.co.uk, from the Cornerstone arts centre in Didcot on 01235 515144.

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