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Of Mice and Men

On Thursday, Years 10 and 11 had the opportunity to visit Cambridge Arts Theatre, and watch Iqbal Khan’s new production of ‘Of Mice and Men’.  This is an exam text, and it was the perfect opportunity to see it brought to life by a very inclusive (and very competent) cast, with many of the actors having lived experience of disability.  Wiliam Young played Lennie, William himself has learning difficulties, which brought an extra dimension to the honesty of his portrayal. The abstract, harshly lit set reinforced the lonely, cruel world which the men found themselves in, and songs which were created especially for the production gave us a real insight into the bleakness of the Great Depression. In the coming weeks, we look forward to comparing Steinbeck’s classic novella to Khan’s production, and considering why this text still resonates with audiences almost one hundred years after it was written.