A View From A Bridge

Drama

There were rave reviews for this year’s Sixth Form production A View from the Bridge. Staged by 18 senior pupils from Hampton and LEH, the Arthur Miller classic was performed in the intimate setting of the drama hall.

A View from the Bridge tells the story of Longshoreman, Eddie Carbone, who lives in Brooklyn with his wife Beatrice and orphaned niece Catherine, who he has raised as and loved as though she was his own daughter. When two of Beatrice’s cousins arrive illegally in the country, Eddie agrees to shelter them and find them work on the docks. But when one of the immigrants falls in love with Catherine, the kind and admirable Eddie suddenly becomes violently opposed to the romance, an opposition founded on far too intense a love for his niece, and the stage is set for tragedy.

Upper Sixth Formers, Sam Ernest and Patrick Haworth produced exceptionally compelling performances as did all the cast which included girls from LEH. However, this play relies on the strength of its central character. Joshua Lea produced a breathtakingly powerful portrayal of the complex patriarch Eddie.

Drama teacher, Mr Ravi Kothakota, warmly praised all involved:

To produce a performance of such intensity and maturity is a credit to the actors, and directors Henry Bunney and Jonny Fryer. This sophisticated interpretation, with its intimate traverse staging, has undoubtedly been one the theatrical highlights of the year.