The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

By Jay Presson Allen, adapted from the novel by Muriel Spark

Synopsis:

The Marcia Blaine School for Girls is a shining educational beacon in 1930’s Edinburgh. Its teachers are pillars of respectability and their pupils are taught to the highest standards. Or so it appears.

Behind the scenes in classroom, art room, playground and corridor, a different story is unfolding. A charismatic teacher in her prime, Miss Jean Brodie, schools her pupils to follow an alternative agenda. “I am in the business of putting old heads on young shoulders, and all my pupils are the crème de la crème. Give me a girl at an impressionable age and she is mine for life.”

Four of Miss Brodie’s hand-picked pupils - Sandy, Jenny, Monica and Mary - are chosen for their special talents and taught to celebrate beauty, secrecy, conspiracy and anti-establishment views. Around these favourite pupils she weaves a web of fantastic stories, unconventional values, Fascist politics and tales of unrequited love.

Caught in Jean Brodie’s mesh, each girl is altered forever by the eccentric lessons in love, learning and life they receive at her hands, but ultimately Brodie’s manipulative and duplicitous ways lead to her own destruction…brought about by one of her very own “girls”.

Reviewers’ said of this production:
"Caroline Groom is superb in this demanding role, emulating Maggie Smith as much as she plays Miss Jean Brodie, but adding a touch of style that is all her own."
"quite captivating…………………a great night's entertainment"

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is an unmissable, pitch-perfect production by a company in its very own “prime”.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
This show was performed at The Minack Theatre, Cornwall in August 2011.

Director/s | Cast:

Director

Caroline Groom

Caroline Groom

Miss Jean Brodie

Joanna Bowman

Joanna Bowman

Miss Mackay

Richard Matthews

Richard Matthews

Teddy Lloyd

Tim West

Tim West

Gordon Lowther

Cara Aldous

Cara Aldous

Sister Helena

Nicky Wilkins

Nicky Wilkins

Mr Perry

Alan Casse

Alan Casse

Caretaker

Verity Ferris

Verity Ferris

Sandy (Cast 1)

Sophie McDermott

Sophie McDermott

Jenny (Cast 1)

Hatti Garner

Hatti Garner

Monica (Cast 1)

Emma Phillips

Emma Phillips

Mary (Cast 1)

Anna-Fleur Rawlinson

Anna-Fleur Rawlinson

Sandy (Cast 2)

Holly Aldous

Holly Aldous

Jenny (Cast 2)

Poppy Harrison

Poppy Harrison

Monica (Cast 2)

Maddy McGlynn

Maddy McGlynn

Mary (Cast 2)

Schoolgirl

Schoolgirl

Niamh O’Sullivan

Niamh O’Sullivan

Schoolgirl

Schoolgirl

Review/s of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie minack:

Review 1: At the Minack

THE BELL is ringing at Edinburgh's Marcia Blaine School for Girls, lessons are to be learned, and Miss Jean Brodie is in her prime, only too ready to begin "putting old heads on young shoulders." Adapted by Jay Presson Allen from what is possibly Muriel Spark's best-known novel, it is staged in the 1930s, and an A-plus to director Ann Garner and her production team for not only striking a sense of…click here to read the whole review.

By Frank Ruhrmund, Cornishman

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