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‘As You Like It’ and the Class of ’76 (Arts Ed.)

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The finale of 'As You Like It' as performed at Golden Lane Theatre by the students of Arts Educational in 1976

The finale of ‘As You Like It’ as performed at Golden Lane Theatre by the students of Arts Educational in 1976. Camouflage netting was a daring theatrical innovation at the time.

Graham Coatman's music for the wedding song in 'As You Like It'

Graham Coatman’s setting of Hymen’s Song at the end of ‘As You Like It’ (1976)

The Golden Lane Theatre programme. Admission price, 40p.

The Golden Lane Theatre programme. Admission price, 40p.

'As You Like It' at Golden Lane Theatre, as reviewed on 7th June, 1976 by 'The City Recorder'

‘As You Like It’ at Golden Lane Theatre, as reviewed on 7th June, 1976 by ‘The City Recorder’

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Sally Leggott (Rosalind), Lindy Conyngham (Celia), and Francis Wright (Touchstone) on the stage of Golden Lane Theatre, in 1976.

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It was a Lover and his Lass: the singers are Tom Skipp (a page), Francis Wright (Touchstone), Amanda Kemp (Audrey) and Bruce Timpany (another page.) Arts Ed., at Golden Lane Theatre, 1976.

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Graham Coatman’s setting of ‘It Was a Lover and his Lass’ (Arts Educational, 1976)

These photos are from a production of ‘As You Like It’. I was at drama school (Arts Educational) in the long hot summer of 1976, and we were invited to take the play to Sandhurst in Kent, where we performed it in the open air.

6 - THE STAGE

Our stage: the garden of an elderly Kentish manor house.

I recall a rather magical few days, made slightly wistful by the fact that our time together was coming to an end.

4 - TIRING HOUSE

“This hawthorn break shall be our tiring-house …” Wrong play, but the sentiments are right.

Below are some photos of my fellow students, taken during and around the time of our final dress-rehearsal.

The costumes were hired from the Royal Shakespeare Company’s vast store at Stratford Upon Avon. My fool’s motley had been worn by Alec McCowen in ‘King Lear’, and was still spattered with blood.

Our director: Head of Drama, Brian E. Cook.

CATHERINE HALL (Phoebe)

Catherine Hall as Phoebe

Sally Leggott (Rosalind)

Sally Leggott (Rosalind)

RICHARD KATES

Richard Kates (Orlando)

IGOR ALEXANDER (Jacques)

L-R: Catherine Hall (Phoebe); Igor Alexander (Melancholy Jaques); Barry McKenna (Corin)

Sally Leggott (Rosalind) and Lindy Conyngham (Celia)

Sally Leggott (Rosalind) and Lindy Conyngham (Celia)

Robert Layton, and in the background is the late and wonderfully named Torquil Heatherington.

Robert Layton, and in the background is the late and wonderfully named Torquil Heatherington.

Amanda Kemp (Audrey) and Richard Kates (Orlando).

Amanda Kemp (Audrey) and Richard Kates (Orlando).

Tony Sampson (Silvius) and Catherine Hall (Phoebe)

Tony Sampson (Silvius) and Catherine Hall (Phoebe)

Barry McKenna (Corin and Hymen).

Barry McKenna (Corin, Le Beau, and Hymen).

Catherine Hall, pensive.

Catherine Hall, pensive.

Sally Leggott (Rosalind).

Sally Leggott (Rosalind) and cigarette.

Amanda Kemp (Audrey); On the other end of the lead is Cabarega - a randy little goat belonging to our hosts.

Amanda Kemp (Audrey); On the other end of the lead is Cabarega – a randy little goat belonging to our hosts.

Robert Leyton (The Duke).

Robert Layton (The Banished Duke).

Fiona Reid, who was stage managing.

Fiona Reid, who was stage managing.

Christine Garner with one of two pages.

Christine Garner with Bruce Timpany, one of the two pages.

8 - ORIANE & HOUND

The late Oriane Grieve, with another of our hosts’ pets.

Lindy Conyngham (Celia) with an improbable hairdo, created by 'The Ginger Group' of Chelsea. the college wouldn't pay for a wig, so this is the result.

Lindy Conyngham (Celia) with an improbable hairdo, created by ‘The Ginger Group’ of Chelsea. The college wouldn’t pay for an appropriate wig, so this is the result.

1 - FIONA, PENSIVE

Fiona Reid surveying the scene.

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December 12, 2011 at 7:34 pm

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