The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Malta Independent - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE - Pho­to­graph: Se­bio Aquilina

MADC opens its new sea­son with ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’ di­rected by Chiara Hy­zler, at Blue Box the­atre.

“Give me a girl at an im­pres­sion­able age, and she is mine for life.” So speaks Jean Brodie, the lib­er­ated and charis­matic school­teacher in an all-girls school in Ed­in­burgh in the 1930s.

Ec­cen­tric, ego­cen­tric, and charm­ing, Brodie be­lieves that in 1930 she is in her prime, and this per­cep­tion in­flu­ences her teach­ing that be­comes all the more idio­syn­cratic and per­sonal.

She ig­nores the stan­dard cur­ricu­lum and teaches her stu­dents about art, culture, and pol­i­tics in line with her own pas­sion for culture and knowl­edge, con­cen­trat­ing her ef­forts on a small group of favoured girls, her ‘Brodie set’.

Miss Brodie de­vel­ops them cul­tur­ally, con­fid­ing in them and they be­come loyal and ad­mire her. These in­clude the beau­ti­ful Jenny, a timid Mary Macgre­gor, and the sharp-wit­ted Sandy, who watches care­fully as Miss Brodie in­structs her charges to “do as I say and not as I do!”

Miss Brodie ma­nip­u­lates and brain­washes them into fol­low­ing all her ide­olo­gies in­stead of those of the school. The play fol­lows her jour­ney and the con­se­quences of her ac­tions with the staff and on her set.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a grip­ping, en­ter­tain­ing, pow­er­ful drama of ado­les­cence and adult­hood, of be­trayal and ma­nip­u­la­tion, and the pow­er­ful, last­ing ef­fect of a charis­matic teacher.

Jean Brodie is played by Julia Calvert with Jas­mine Far­ru­gia as Sandy, Taryn Mamo Ce­fai as Jenny and Kyra Lau­tier as Mary MacGre­gor. The cast in­cludes Sandie Von Brock­dorff, Jonathan Dunn, Ste­fan Far­ru­gia, Katherine Brown, Ninette Mi­callef and Michael Man­gion

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie runs from Fri­day 7 to Sun­day 9 Oc­to­ber and from Fri­day 14 to Sun­day 16 Oc­to­ber, at Blue Box at M Space, Msida (Op­po­site the en­trance to the Ju­nior Col­lege).

Book­ing: On­line www.blue­box.com.mt, Tel: 2124 6644 Mob: 7979 3737

From left: Sandie Von Brock­dorff as Mon­ica; Julia as Miss Jean Brodie; Jas­mine Far­ru­gia as Sandy and Taryn Mamo Ce­fai as Jenny

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