The Drama Boys is Cornwall’s only all-boys theatre company, and this is their fifth successful year. Amongst the talented group of twelve boys are some Richard Lander pupils, namely Matthew and Charles Secombe, and Head Boy Tom Whitworth.
Each year the company present a show at The Redannick Theatre here in Truro, and they have developed a loyal following. The company’s style is a unique blend of classical and modern, with Shakespeare scenes excellently presented alongside slapstick, mime, poetry, song, and new comedy, written specifically for the boys. The West Briton’s Lee Trewhela gave a recent production five stars and reviewed them as follows: “Expect to see these lads among the ranks of our elder statesmen of theatre – Kneehigh and, it wouldn’t surprise me, the Royal Shakespeare Company”
Based on this success, their director/producer Caroline Secombe (an actress of twenty years’ experience and a former Miss Moneypenny in two James Bond films), has decided the group are now ready to spread their wings. She is therefore taking the boys to perform at the most prestigious festival of performing arts – The Edinburgh Festival.
Their patron, Tim McInnerny (Lord Percy and Captain Darling in Blackadder) has stated on their Facebook page ‘At last the Greatest International Festival of World Theatre will be graced with The Boys from The Kingdom of Kernow’.
‘I’m sure it will be an extraordinary experience for this talented group of boys, and I’m very proud of them’ says Caroline.