Nadine’s Window presents The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Jay Presson Allen. Adapted from the Novel by Muriel Spark at Barons Court Theatre.
“Give me a girl at an impressionable age and she is mine for life”…
In a leafy Edinburgh suburb in 1931, Jean Brodie is a woman ahead of her time. Educated and seemingly independent, she passionately extols to her young pupils the importance of truth, beauty, and the Fascist leader Benito Mussolini. Her favourite girls, the ‘crème de la crème’ will surely be her masterpiece. Miss Brodie diligently excludes any outsiders from her little set – but can the world be kept out forever?
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Directed by Nadine Hanwell
Kate Sandison as Jean Brodie, Alana Ross as Sandy, Juliette Power as Mary MacGregor, Katie McIvor as Monica, Lizzie Hiscott as Jenny, Tim Major as Teddy Lloyd, Jack Govan as Gordon Lowther, Sue Parker-Nutley as Miss MacKay, Viv Creegor as Sister Helena, Andrew Leishman as Mr Perry.
Costume Designer/Designer – Jean Christie
Graphic Designer – Henry Strong
Lighting Designer/Stage manager – Darion Marshall
Lizzie Hiscott, who plays the part of Jenny, recently answered a few questions about herself and the show.
When did you first realise that you wanted to be an actress?
I think I’ve always known, there has never been any question in my mind of doing anything other than performing. One of my earliest memories is of going to see ‘Cinderella’ one Christmas when I was about 4. I fell completely in love with the theatre and I cried a lot when the panto finished!
Did anyone in particular inspire you to want to be on the stage?
There are many actors I am inspired by. I have always loved watching Maggie Smith, I always know whenever she’s in a film it will be good and she makes me laugh a lot!
You trained at ‘The Poor School’ and graduated last year. Please share a few of your favourite memories of your time there.
My favourite role at the Poor School was Irina in Three Sisters. I love the play and had a great time that term. One of our graduating plays was Market Boy, almost everyone in our year was involved and we had so much fun.
Is there a ‘dream role’ you’d really like to play one day?
I would love to play Nina in The Seagull.
You are currently playing ‘Jenny’ in ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’. What is the play about?
The play is set in a privileged Edinburgh school in 1931. It is about a school teacher and the influence she has over her pupils, in particular the 4 pupils she chooses as her favourites. On the surface, it would seem her charisma and charm is a great inspiration for the girls; however beneath the surface there are much darker themes which have serious repercussions later on.
Why do you think ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’ is still relevant today?
I think that the subject is very interesting and will always be relevant. As a society we have to be aware of the power that adults can wield over childen and young people.
What can you tell us about your character ‘Jenny’?
Miss Brodie sees a lot of herself in Jenny and as such tries to mould her into the dream version of herself. However whilst Jenny enjoys Miss Brodie’s attention she is not so easily manipulated and it is some of the other girls who suffer more as a consequence of competing for Miss Brodie’s love.
Why should everyone go and see your production?
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a classic and has many themes for discussion. I think it is relevant today and will resonate with anyone who has ever experienced the influence of a strong character whom they admired in their childhood.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is showing until 9th March 2014
PERFORMANCES – Tuesdays to Saturdays (7.30 p.m.) Sundays (6.30 p.m.)
ADMISSION: £12 (£10 Concessions)
8th February 2014 to 9th March 2014
Barons Court Theatre
BOX OFFICE: 020 8932 4747
Friday 28th February 2014