When we’re younger, there are few pleasures to beat that which we receive from being read to. But who says that enjoyment has to end?
With this in mind, the English department offered students and parents the opportunity to come along and immerse themselves in Susan Hill’s Gothic novel, The Woman in Black, which was read across four hour-long sessions by Mr Guerrero, Mr Martin, Mr Stubbert and Mrs Wiper in a candle-lit library by roaring fire.* The audience was hooked from start to finish. Here’s what they had to say:
An absolutely splendid experience. The reading of the novel was captivating and the atmosphere created in the library was eerily brilliant. Thanks for this. Do another!
Great reading – having 4 voices really helped – loved the fire and candles.
It was really immersive. Enjoyed it a lot.
I loved it.
Absolutely awesome!!! Especially Week 3. Summary: happy, frightened, happy, sad.
We’re also taking 50 people to see the stage adaptation of the same text. Tickets for this are now sold out, but if you’re interested, we’ll be showing the film (starring Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe) in the library on Tuesday 28th March from 4pm. Admission is free, but donations for the hot drinks and snacks available are welcome.We’d like to offer enormous thanks to all those who attended for making it such a success. An even bigger thanks goes out to Mrs Downing, the school librarian. As ever, she was the glue that held it all together, welcoming parents, providing drinks (and the odd sound effect), and making sure everything ran smoothly.
The full journey, from text to stage to screen, is an enthralling, highly enjoyable experience and is hopefully the first of many more to come. If you can’t make it, then set your own up in the comfort of your own homes. Many great films come from great novels, and everyone loves to be read to! And do let us know how you get on (EnglishBlog@uvhs.uk) – we’d love to hear from you.
* Found on YouTube and projected onto the big screen, but the effect was there.
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