Glenda Jackson Visit
Glenda Jackson inspired the girls with some candid insights and honest answers...
Glenda Jackson, double Oscar winning actress and ex- Labour MP, visited the School on 30 September after being written to by the Headmaster. Mr Whelpdale, who is building a reputation as a Head who has a knack of inviting inspiring visitors to School, has seen many of Glenda Jackson's plays and he thought she would inspire the girls. She was very insightful and candid in a Q & A session with most of the Senior School. The girls were impressed by her knowledge of acting and politics, and soon realised that she had much of value to say about both. When asked about acting, she said that the best Directors were the ones who didn't think they knew it all at the start, and she said that she loved the theatre most of all as every night was different because the audience was different. She was passionate, down to earth, funny and inspiring. When asked by one of the girls if she thought women were seen as equal to men, she swiftly said 'No', and said that every girl had to correct gender bias as it came her way. After a lunch with special guests from the community of Leicester, she gave some advice to the 30 girls who will be performing Lady Macbeth as part of the Schools' Shakespeare festival in November. After watching them perform, she suggested they tightened up their diction and encouraged them to 'smell the blood' in the classic scene of the play. She was entranced by Mrs Rose's adaptation of the play, and thought it was very interesting and original. One of the highlights of the day, which brought a happy smile to her face, was the rendition by the choir of 'Bring me Sunshine', which reminded her about her comedy performance with Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise at the height of her acting career.
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