Monday 23 May 2022

The 39 Steps

With just over a week to go the excitement is building for the cast and crew of ‘The 39 Steps’. From Tuesday 31 May until Friday 3 June the Year 12 Theatre Studies class is proud to present this spy-thriller-comedy based on Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1935 film.

The play revolves around central character, Richard Hannay, who is framed for murder – but he didn’t do it! His journey will take him on a daring high-speed chase across train tops, out-manoeuvring shadowy secret agents and fleeing dive-bombing planes. All of this while uncovering deadly plots against Great Britain!

Ever wondered what it’s like to be involved in a production like this? Our Theatre Captains Lucy and Gus answer some of your burning questions.

What have you been doing as part of your work towards ‘The 39 Steps’?

As part of my work within ‘The 39 Steps’, I have been creative in two roles, makeup/hair design, as well as acting. This means that I have not only learnt my lines, constructed my character, and attended rehearsals, but also developed looks and aesthetics to be portrayed upon each person within the show.

What have been some of your favourite aspects of working on this production?

One of my favourite aspects of working on ‘The 39 Steps’ would definitely include the creative freedom that accompanies working in a production role. I have felt a rare sense of responsibility within the show that does not usually occur for a student. This has been both a liberating and humbling experience being able to work alongside teachers and other members of the creative team in order to assemble our show.

What should audiences expect to see?

The audience should expect to see a lot of drama, romance, and of course comedy. The play is very detailed orientated, and all who have been involved in its development have worked incredibly hard to produce a show that will truly entertain its audience. The entirety of the play will encapsulate the 1930s, presenting an insight into a vintage Hollywood film set. The audience will find much delight in our production.

Year 12 student and Theatre Captain Lucy


What have you been doing as a part of your work towards the 39 steps?

As a part of my work for ‘The 39 Steps’ I have been working on developing and getting the lighting and sound states ready for the performance. As a part of this, I have been going to rehearsals running sounds adding, editing, and deleting sounds and trying to create a perfect synergy between the two different production roles.

What have been some of your favourite aspects of working on this production?

My favourite part of working towards the production of ‘The 39 Steps’ would easily be attending rehearsals and getting to know each of the actors from all year levels.

What should audiences expect to see?

The audiences should expect to see the movie set, Alfred Hitchcock-esque style. This will be achieved through all production roles and will all be brought together to present an amazing show to audiences each night.

Year 12 student and Theatre Captain Gus