The South House Play, “Girls Like That”, tackled a hugely prominent and contemporary topic, which is highly relevant to teenagers today. Through an amalgamation of humour and intense emotion, the play addressed the impacts which technology can have on young people in today’s society.
The topical nature of the play was a big challenge to take on, and it was therefore highly impressive that the girls pulled it off with such tremendous success, despite the short space of time that was available to prepare for it.
Lotty Cunningham’s passionate performance elicited deep sympathy and insight into the subject matter in a mature and confident manner. Lotty created a powerfully emotional connection with the entire audience, and many have remarked that they were moved to tears by her monologue at the end of the play.
In addition to the loaded message of the play, there was also an underlying element of humour. The appearance of Helen Clark and Katherine Plewman lunging onto stage as policemen was particularly memorable in this respect. The audience also delighted in singing and dancing, as well as the occasional risqué joke!
All members of the large cast were absolutely superb, but a special mention must go to Zoe Bickenson, Maddy Pollard, Fifi Robinson, Aimee Williamson and Charlotte Casey, who all grasped the dichotomy of the humour and sobriety in the play with real sophistication and maturity.
Immense thanks must also go to the directors Flossy Livingstone, PJ Cunningham and Gen Graham-Rack, and also to Miss Leach, who dedicated a huge amount of her time to help with the play.
An unbelievable amount of time and effort went into preparing for the play, and the slick and professional production was clear proof of how hard all the girls had worked in the weeks running up to it.
The girls’ ability to produce a play of such a high level by combining intense emotion and crude humour is a testament to their ability and talent, and South could not be prouder of the massive achievement of all the girls involved.