Sidney students have played a starring role in two recent Cambridge productions. Sidney student Michael Christie's play Ecclesiastical Perks was staged at the Corpus Christi Playroom, whilst at the ADC Ben Atkinson and Henry Scarlett have been leading the music at the annual Footlights pantomine.

Ecclesiastical Perks:

Christie's darkly comic play explores the life of Father Andrews as he struggles to adapt to his a new job in an inner-city school, having quit his quiet life in a rural teaching post. The play explore Andrews' struggle to maintain both his faith and his good reputation in the face of accusations of misconduct from some of the school's students. The performance also includes roles for Sidney students Harry Michell (playing the school's headmaster Mr Clark), Iain Blackwell and Michael Christie, and has received a 4* review in The Cambridge Student.

The Pied Piper:

Over at the ADC, as reported in Sidney news earlier in the year, third year music students Ben Atkinson and Henry Scarlett have been leading the music at the Footlights' panto. Ben, Sidney's senior organ scholar, has composed the score for the show, whilst Henry has been the show's Musical Director. The orchestra also included several Sidney instrumentalists.

The Footlights pantomime has one of the longest run of any Cambridge student production, running this year from Tuesday 23rd November to Saturday 4th December 2010.

This is an archived news story, first posted in 2010.

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