The Marcia Blaine School for Girls is a shining educational beacon in 1930’s Edinburgh. Its teachers are pillars of respectability and their pupils are taught to the highest standards. Or so it appears.
Behind the scenes in classroom, art room, playground and corridor, a different story is unfolding. A charismatic teacher in her prime, Miss Jean Brodie, schools her pupils to follow an alternative agenda.
“I am in the business of putting old heads on young shoulders, and all my pupils are the crème de la crème. Give me a girl at an impressionable age and she is mine for life.”
Four of Miss Brodie’s hand-picked pupils - Sandy, Jenny, Monica and Mary - are chosen for their special talents and taught to celebrate beauty, secrecy, conspiracy and anti-establishment views. Around these favourite pupils Jean Brodie weaves a web of fantastic stories, unconventional values, Fascist politics and tales of unrequited love.
Caught in Miss Brodie’s mesh, each girl is altered forever by the eccentric lessons in love, learning and life they receive at her hands, but ultimately Brodie’s manipulative and duplicitous ways lead to her own destruction…brought about by one of her very own “girls”.
Reviewers said of this production in 2009:
“Caroline Groom is superb in this demanding role, emulating Maggie Smith as much as she plays Miss Jean Brodie, but adding a touch of style that is all her own.”
“Quite captivating…………………a great night's entertainment”
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is an unmissable, pitch-perfect production by a company in its very own “prime”, enjoying a revival in Bath before touring to The Minack Theatre, Cornwall in August.