News headlines – March 2019

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27 Mar 2019    Theatre trip to Arthur Miller's 'The Price'
22 Mar 2019    A night at the opera and brunch in Dubai
21 Mar 2019    Paul Mayhew-Archer (Reeves 1967-71) embarks on tour of one-man show
14 Mar 2019    Theatre trip to see Sondheim's 'Company'
5 Mar 2019    Varsity triumph for Toby Brooks (Craig 2011-16)
1 Mar 2019    The Eastbournian Society Futures Fair
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27 March 2019 - Theatre trip to Arthur Miller's 'The Price'

The Price proved to be a popular choice for our latest theatre trip, with 34 members of the Eastbournian Society going along to the matinee on Wednesday 27 March.

The play, by Arthur Miller, tells the story of two brothers who meet for the first time in 16 years to sell their family furniture stored in the attic of a condemned New York apartment building.

David Suchet played the veteran appraiser, Gregory Solomon, who has been asked to secure the best price for the family possessions.

As the brothers talk they both realise the price they have paid for heart-breaking decisions made decades earlier. The powerful drama was greatly appreciated, as was the excellent performance of Sion Lloyd, who was understudying the part of Victor Franz in place of Brendan Coyle.

Pictured here are a few of the society members who enjoyed the play.

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22 March 2019 - A night at the opera and brunch in Dubai

Members of the Eastbournian Society and friends of the College gathered in Dubai on Thursday 21 March to see Mark Le Brocq (Craig 1979-84) sing at the Dubai Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The performance of Beethoven’s 9th 'Choral' Symphony, at the magnificent new Dubai Opera, received a standing ovation and was very well received.

Pictured here afterwards are David Stewart, Mark Le Brocq, Nigel Wheeler (College staff 1976-2006), Emma Garrett (Nugent 1984-86), Felice Hurst, Ed Atkinson (Pennell 1979-84), Belinda Le Brocq (Nugent 1986-88) and Mark's son Flynn Le Brocq.

The following day, in true Dubai style, an ES brunch was held for members of the society living in the Middle East. Old Eastbournians and parents of both former and prospective pupils were in attendance and they were warmly welcomed by Ed Atkinson, the ES rep in the UAE, and then given a short College news update by David Stewart.

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21 March 2019 - Paul Mayhew-Archer (Reeves 1967-71) embarks on tour of one-man show

Paul Mayhew-Archer (Reeves 1967-71) has embarked on a tour of his one-man stand-up show, Incurable Optimist.

Paul, award-winning writer and producer of many radio and TV comedy shows, was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2011, an incurable illness that gets progressively worse, but which is also, as Paul quickly found out, funny.

Having made a documentary about the condition, in 2017 he started doing stand-up about Parkinson's, then last year had a very successful run with his one-man show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

His tour started this week with a five-night run in the Soho Theatre in London; it then continues around the country until June, including two nights at Brighton Komedia (4 and 5 May) and one at the White Rock Theatre in Hastings (6 May).

For more information about the tour, please see Paul's website at http://mayhew-archer.com.

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14 March 2019 - Theatre trip to Sondheim's 'Company'

A group of 25 members of the Eastbournian Society went to the Gielgud Theatre in London to see Company on Thursday.

The Stephen Sondheim musical comedy sees the character of Bobbie at her 35th birthday party, wondering why she cannot find the right man to marry when all her friends are in relationships.

It has been a big hit with West End audiences since it opened last year.

The original three-month run was extended until the end of March, and our group were able to benefiit from reduced price tickets at a group rate.

Just a few of the ES members who attended are shown here outside the theatre.

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5 March 2019 - Varsity triumph for Toby Brooks (Craig 2011-16)

Toby Brooks (Craig 2011-16) earned his hockey blue for Cambridge in the Varsity game at Southgate Hockey Club on Sunday.

In a closely-fought match Cambridge took the lead in the last few minutes, winning 3-2. Toby, in his third year studying natural sciences at Clare College, was playing as goalkeeper.

Winning Varsity matches must be a family trait, as Toby's older brother Sam (Craig 2007-12), right, also played for Cambridge, winning three blues in 2014, 2015 and 2016. And, like Toby, Sam also played as goalkeeper.

Our congratulations go to the new 'Blues Brothers'!

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1 March 2019 - The Eastbournian Society Futures Fair

The Eastbournian Society's annual careers convention, now known as the Futures Fair, was held on Friday 1 March.

The event is an opportunity for College pupils from Year 11 and the sixth form to get advice on university choices, gap years and future careers.

It was also attended by a number of pupils from other schools in the area which are part of the Eastbourne Schools Partnership.

The fair was held in the sports hall in the Winn Building, and there were some 70 representatives of universities, professions and gap year companies, as well as others offering advice on interview techniques and apprenticeships.

We are grateful to the many Old Eastbournians, parents and staff who gave up their time to make the event such a success.

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