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Solihull School

Solihull School

And Now For Something Completely Different.

Solihull School’s drama lovers made their audiences ‘laugh a lot’ with their hilarious production of Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot’.

A cast of 70 boys and girls sang and danced their way enthusiastically through the Tony award-winning musical based on ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’.

The independent school was one of the first in the UK to stage the classic slapstick comedy since the performance rights were granted last year.

It meant that without any equipment available to hire in, the School’s Maintenance Department had to make the Las Vegas-like Camelot set and the equally whacky props, including a Trojan horse disguised as a giant rabbit.

The musical, performed in the school’s Bushell Hall, follows the quest of King Arthur as he gathers prospective knights and sets off to search for the Holy Grail, meeting a series of crazy characters and incidents on the way.

Theatre Studies students Callum Fisher and Esther Domingo played King Arthur and The Lake of the Lake, while the four knights were played by Ben Newman (Sir Bedevere), Tom Griesbach (Sir Lancelot), Shashank Chaganty (Dennis Galahad) and Chris Bevins (Sir Robin). Oscar Haynes was cast as Patsy. 

Live music was performed by the Solihull School Orchestra conducted by the School’s Musical Director Stephen Perrins.  

Jean Wilde. Head of Drama and Director of the show, said: “As a Python fan, I found the opportunity to put on a Pythonesque musical fantastically enjoyable and was lucky to have such a talented cast, crew, and design and support team.

“Everyone involved in the production clearly had a great time and many in the audiences for the five-night run said they were thrilled by the show.”