On Saturday 30 August, the Burrell Theatre was host to a comedy show organised by Truro School Old Boy Dominic Latarche. The show raised £350 for the St. Petroc’s Society, a Cornish charitable organisation dedicated to supporting the homeless.
Creekside Theatre treated the audience to a selection of student-written comedy sketches, involving insurance fraud, bird watching and blind bank robbers, before concluding with two works by Sir Alan Ayckbourn CBE; the farcical Gosforth’s Fete and the tragi-comedic A Talk in the Park. The cast comprised mostly of current and former Truro School pupils, joined by students from Truro High School, Truro College and Penrice Academy.
Dominic decided to support St Petroc’s, a charity the school had supported before, because homelessness is an issue close to his heart.
He said: “They give beds to people who need them and help those struggling with addiction. As for the show, it started as an idea I had at university. I routinely acted in the yearly showcase with my university theatre group and thought that it was a project that gave itself to the situation of a gradually growing cast. So I asked a couple of friends in Southampton if they’d lend me their scripts from the showcase and, after securing the rights to the Ayckbourn plays, I had a show. Special thanks go to Alistair Cota, who provided sound effects, and the Burrell Theatre for playing host to the charitable event.”
Former Truro School: Harry Dean, Jack Harvey, Hugh “Freddie” Hougham-Slade, Nathaniel Keymer and Dominic Latarche
Current Truro School: Callum Macdonald, Arsen Novak
Truro High School: Gabby Dawson, Megan Tamblyn
Truro College: Georgina Carlin
Penrice Academy: Jessica Harvey