On the 11th of March, before the Government made their recent announcements, a group of Upper Sixth students visited the Marlow Theatre in Canterbury to watch Cabaret, accompanied by Mrs Carter, Mrs Anderson and Mrs Porter. Hugh Harman (Upper Sixth) recounts the evening below.
“The 1973 classic by Kander and Ebb was an eclectic mix of flamboyant comedy whilst having serious undertones of the harsh times in Germany. For those who had not seen the play, the opening numbers certainly raised a few eyebrows, especially for those fortunate enough to be on the side with a full view of a male actor whose towel was dropped. The play outlines the interaction between Cliff Bradshaw and Sally Bowles in one of Berlin’s seedy nightclubs, the Kit Kat Klub.
The play’s famous numbers did not disappoint with ‘Don’t tell Mama’ and ‘Willkommen’ being the highlights. Whilst the music in Cabaret proceeds its funky and fun reputation, the moments of realness brought it very much back to its roots in terms of the occupation of Nazi Germany during the 1930s. The play finished with a brief dialogue between M.C. and Ernst Ludwig, before M.C. and a group of others gathered in a huddle with their backs to the audience, depicting a gas shower, before the curtain fell.
The musical was incredibly enjoyable, and a great experience especially for those who knew little about Cabaret before attending. The play would definitely be recommended by those that went. A special thanks must go to all the teachers for such a lovely evening in Canterbury, especially Mrs Porter for taking members of the Upper Sixth to what was certainly an ‘eye-opening’ musical.”