15 October 2019
Last Thursday night saw the re-launch of Mayfield School’s prestigious Caedmon Dramatic Society that has nurtured and encouraged the talent of many famous names over the years, including Caroline Goodall (‘Schindler’s List’; ‘Hook’; ‘Cliffhanger’; ‘The Princess Diaries’), Rosie Cavaliero (‘Jane Eyre’, ‘Little Dorrit’ and ‘Jam and Jerusalem’), and Fenella Woolgar (‘Bright Young Things’ and ‘Call the Midwife’), on their journey to success on stage and screen.
Caedmon was originally founded at Mayfield in 1933 when the girls chose and produced the plays themselves, and the greatly-anticipated first play that the newly-formed Caedmon will perform is Jean Anouilh’s adaptation of Sophocles’ tragedy, ‘Antigone’, on the 14th and 15th November at the School.
The re-launch party was attended by Caedmon members past and present including Mayfield’s talented Drama Scholars. Year 13s Olivia, Genevieve, and Megan (the new Head of Caedmon), and Year 12s Samantha and India who have a wealth of experience developed in School performances and external productions. Each girl achieved Distinction in their LAMDA Gold examination, with Samantha and India awarded perfect scores, an impressive accomplishment.
These girls also achieved outstanding marks in their Drama GCSE and are currently studying A Level Drama and Theatre in combination with a broad range of other subjects, including Spanish, Economics, Politics, Maths, English and Psychology.
During the event, the current Mayfield Scholars had the opportunity engage with alumnae and were inspired by their varied experiences.
Mayfield’s long tradition of dramatic excellence extends throughout the School, involving all age groups in staging plays, set design, costumes and make-up. The next whole-school production is Alan Parker’s classic musical ‘Bugsy Malone’, which is being held on the 12th and 13th February, for which rehearsals are already underway.
Girls in Years 7 to 10 are currently auditioning for a promenade production of ‘Alice in Wonderland’, which will see the white rabbit guiding the audience around Mayfield’s historic grounds for different scenes of the play, in what will undoubtedly be a colourful and engaging performance next May.
Head of Drama, Mrs Sally Gerstmeyer, commented: “I am absolutely thrilled to be bringing Caedmon back after all these years and it has a special place in the hearts of Mayfield girls past and present. We are all looking forward to watching the next generation take this prestigious Society forward and making it their own.”