Oakhill College Year 10 Drama students have just completed a resounding performance of John Buchan’s 1915 melodrama which was made into one of the legendary Alfred Hitchcock films,‘The Thirty-Nine Step’s’, in 1935.
The Thirty-Nine Steps is one of the earliest examples of the ‘man-on-the-run’ thriller archetypes subsequently adopted by film makers as an often-used plot device. The hero, Richard Hannay, played by Daniel Reeve, is an example to readers of an ordinary man who puts his country’s interest before his own safety. The story was a great success with the men in the first world war trenches.
The story is about a man in London, Richard Hannay, who tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information. Richard Hannay, the hero, complete with stiff-upper-lip, British gung-ho, and pencil moustache encounters dastardly murders, double crossing secret agents, and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women.
The Year 10 lads at Oakhill College entered the intrigue and melodrama with great energy, passion, and professionalism expected of a city stage, quite outstanding for young men of Year 10.