Pocklington School Year 10 pupil Sam Hird recently performed in John Marston’s The Malcontent with the Globe Young Players at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in London.
The Globe Young Players are a new company of talented 12 to 16-year-olds specially selected and trained by the Globe’s resident experts in the craft and performance of early modern drama. Sam’s role was a bawdy female character called Maquerelle.
The Malcontent played 12 performances from 3 to 19 April. It was the first production of the Globe Young Players, and it brought to a close the inaugural season of the candle-lit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
Sam received fantastic reviews for his performance as seen below:
The Times said: “Sam Hird stands out as a droll panderess in drag.”
The Telegraph said: “Sam Hird, a towering figure in florid drag, plays the filthy-minded female pimp, Maquerelle, with brilliant comic assurance.”
Renaissance drama expert Eion Price, of the Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham, called the production “a remarkable performance of a brilliant and vibrant play.”
The Independent: “Sam Hird, cross-dressed to the hilt as the trollopey old trout Maquerelle, camps it up like he’s the next David Walliams; he showboats for sure, but you’d have to be hard-hearted not to relish this sassy performance.”
The Guardian: “There are some performances to relish, including … Sam Hird, who pitches his turn as the wheedling bawd Maquerelle directly at the audience – as others should do in this intimate, richly atmospheric playhouse.”