On Thursday I went to the Eton College’s theatrical venue, the Farrer Theatre, playhouse to see my cousin, Matthew Chambers, perform in the St. George's School production of Oklahoma!. The quality of acting was superb and you forgot all actors were aged between 11 and 13 years old. My cousin managed to break his arm a week before performing and had to play the lead male in a sling — Gran found his predicament a talking point with everyone she met, but was obviously impressed by his resolve. He sung and performed flawlessly, acting with an American accent that contrasts to his usual Estuary English.
Oklahoma is about the romance between cowboy Curly McLain and Laurey Williams. Their love is challenged by Laurey’s threatening farmhand, Jud Fry, and much of the play follows the contest between Curly and Jud for Laurey’s affection. A comic subplot follows Laurey’s friend, Ado Annie Carnes and her relationship with cowboy Will Parker.
The most entertaining part of the performance was the Arab peddler’s humorous lines.