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Zigger Zagger on stage in the Spencer Briggs Hall. The director I think was Miss/Mrs Mcbernie with help from Mr Hardwick.Year...probably 1973.
The junior school play this year was Peter Terson's fine play Zigger Zagger. The production tells the story of one boy, Harry, and the fight between two facets of his nature. These facets are represented by two characters, Zigger and Lea.

Zigger Zagger is the leader of the City End mob. The mob follow football religiously and don't give a damn about anything or anyone else. They live for Saturday afternoon - the match, and Saturday night - the booze. All Zigger can offer Harry are the immediate pleasures of football, aggro, girls and drink.

Lea, however, is trying valiantly to give Harry a future like his: a house, a home, a good job and a good wife. Lea is a "perfect British workman" with DIY furniture, fake cultural interests and a pipe. Lea' life can offer security but Lea is sublimely dull.

In the internal battle between the two sides, Harry is not helped by his well~meaning but gormless mother, a "hip" vicar who tells him the exact opposite of what he wants to hear, and a girlfriend who eventually becomes worse than Zigger.

Finally, Harry plumps for Les' life, but obviously the internal turmoil is still going on and he is not wholly satisfied with his choice.

The entire cast gave high-spirited performances and were very convincing. The leading roles were an good as expected and the many minor characters, such as the policeman and Harry's teachers were excellently played too. The crowd were just like the real thing with their chants, whistles and songs. They produced a great sound for such a small number of people.

The scene-shifting was efficient and unobtrusive., As we have come to expect from P.G.1s productions, the sound effects and lighting were spot on - not a bang or a flicker out of place. Despite great problems at the production stage, Paul Marsh designed a convincing and functional set. Paul did a similar job two summers ago when he worked on the National Youth Theatre's production of the same play.Of course, enough praise cannot be heaped on Mrs. Enid McBurnie for her production of the play. She did a wonderful job of updating and adapting the play for Liverpool supporters. The whole play bore the mark of her flair for drama production, although this was her first solo production of a play on this scale.I certainly hope that the two year old tradition of Middle School plays will continue for some time to come.

Jon Harrison


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