Somes wins Reaction House Plays Festival

24 Sep 2021

Somes wins Reaction House Plays Festival

For the second time running, Somes House won the Tothill Cup Interhouse Drama Trophy at the 2021 Reaction House Plays Festival.

Somes’ cast’s performance of Horror at Hellfire Hall also won the best Director award for James Currie.

Rolleston was second and Corfe, third.

The first night of the festival occurred on 17 August; the second night, planned for 19 August was postponed because of the Covid Level 4 lockdown, and so the final five Houses presented their plays last night, 23 September. Live streaming meant Jacobs, Somes, School, Flower’s and Richards presentations could be seen by the whole College community.

Director of Drama Hannah Clarkson says the tradition of each House grappling with the difficulties of converting words on a page into action on a stage, is phenomenal.

“The complexity of this task cannot be overestimated,” she said, congratulating all the actors, casts and backstage crew, along with student leaders, Housemasters and the Technical Direction team under Grant Hadley.

Directors’ awards went to Josh Jolly and Reis Azlan (Condell’s) and Tim Stewart and George Gearry (Rolleston). Tim Stewart also won Best Actor award while Actors’ awards went to Oscar Gosling (Richards), William Law (Somes), Jack Brent (Somes), Jack Smith (School), James Higginson (Richards), Claude Tellick (Rolleston), Oscar Ansley (Rolleston), Freddie Sudell (Julius), Justin Barclay (Jacobs) and Joel Fulford (Corfe).

The Ensemble award went to Harper, and the Production awards went to School for the lightning moment, Harper for the urinal moment, and Flower’s for their costumes.

The Magic moment awards went to Flower’s for the ‘slingshot’, and Jacobs for the ‘Law and Order’ ending.