An award-winning one–woman show comes to King’s on Wednesday 14 March when Rohan McCullogh presents Testament of Youth, based on the life of Vera Brittain.
The dramatic and moving piece won The Scotsman drama award for the actress who began her career in the original cast of the musical Hair. She has appeared as Antigone in Oedipus at Colonnus (Manchester Royal Exchange) and in Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Royal Shakespeare Company).
Her film and television appearance include Sunday Bloody Sunday, Derek Jarman’s War Requiem, and David Hare’s Strapless.
She has given poetry and music recitals at the Wigmore Hall, the South Bank, and at arts festivals nationwide.
But she has achieved her most notable success with her one-woman shows. Testament of Youth tells the story of the life of one of the most inspiring women of the early 20th century.
Having battled her way to Somerville College in the face of parental opposition, Vera Brittain abandoned her studies at the outbreak of the First World War to serve as a volunteer nurse witnessing the horrors of trench warfare. In 1918, with many of those closest to her dead, she returned to Oxford and later devoted her energies to the causes of pacifism and feminism, writing and lecturing worldwide.
Another of Rohan McCullogh’s one-woman shows, The Tale of Beatrix Potter, has been seen at theatres and festivals throughout the country and subsequently in Australia, America and Japan.
In the last few years she has given poetry recitals with Sir Derek Jacobi, Edward Fox, Peter Barkworth and John Julius Norwich. She appears frequently with John Mortimer in his poetry and prose entertainment, Mortimer’s Miscellany.
There will be a performance of Testament of Youth for Year 11 pupils in the afternoon on 14 March and an evening performance at 7.30pm for King’s sixth formers to which students from the City of Ely Community College and Witchford Village College have also been invited.