Your article: Fantasic reviews for Sam

The Malcontent
The Malcontent

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.”