Date: 8th March 2024 Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm Location: Richmond Theatre
Award-winning playwright and actor, Latymerian Ruby Thomas (2009), has been specially commissioned to write a play for our 400th anniversary. The resulting piece is a poignant account of one of the most moving stories in our School’s history.
“When Justin Joseph, Head of Drama, came to me with the idea of writing a play to celebrate Latymer’s 400th Centenary, I felt a sense of trepidation. How to successfully pay homage to four hundred years of Latymer’s history? How to celebrate without eulogising, create something personal and yet also universal? Then he sent me some inspiration – a short article about Frederick Wilkinson and the origins of Latymer’s exchange with the Johanneum – and my nerves gave way to excitement. Immediately a story began blooming in my imagination, exploring themes of connection, communication and tolerance across divides, all of which feels profoundly topical today. Spending time deepening my understanding of the relationship between these schools has genuinely changed my attitude to what embracing difference looks like. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to write about this pioneering “experiment in friendship”. – Ruby Thomas
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