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Miranda Cooper W93

Audiences at The Other Palace Theatre were treated to the first workshop productions of Son of Rambow the musical from 24 May – 2 Jun.  This is a new musical with book by Richard Marsh and lyrics and music by Old Canfordian Miranda Cooper W93.  The Canford Development Team attended the Saturday evening performance and were incredibly impressed by the show.  Rowena Gaston, Development Director commented “This production has real potential to be an incredible hit musical.  It’s a strong story but Miranda’s music and lyrics transform this into something quite special – absolutely loved ‘The Sisterhood.’”  Look out for Miranda’s next creative venture - a musical version of David Walliams’ best-selling Billionaire Boy which looks set to be one of the highlights of Nuffield Southampton Theatres’ 2018 season. Billionaire Boy features music and lyrics by chart-topping song writer Miranda Cooper. Directed by Luke Sheppard, the world premiere of the show will run from 19 November 2018 until 6 January 2019, with a press night on 28 November.




OC Bella Cartwright, Data and Audience Strategy Consultant at iProspect, has recently been selected to be part of the 20 in their 20s Women in Data cohort for 2017 (working in partnership with the Female Lead and Women in Data). 

To give some background, 20 in their 20s in a brand new industry initiative to encourage women from all backgrounds into careers in data. 

The 20 selected have been done so in order to provider realistic and attainable role models for younger women. The reason behind this move is because, over the last 10 years, gender leadership and pay disparity in the field of data has been widening. One of the fundamental challenges to reverse this is that fewer women are choosing this pathway at an entry level so there is a smaller pool of talent to select from as careers progress. 


Old Canfordian lifts Glitterball to win Strictly 2016

Many congratulations from the entire Canford community to Old Canfordian Ore Oduba who danced his way to victory in last night's BBC Strictly Come Dancing final.   With perfect 10s from the judges  and a repeat performance of his stunning jive, he was described by Head judge Len as 'the spirit of Strictly' and declared a very worthy winner in the 14th year of the competition.

Ore's performance was a real inspiration to aim for the stars and showed just how much you can achieve through dedication and a lot of hard work.   We hope to have the chance to see his dancing shoes back at Canford at some stage next year - well done Ore!

Headmaster Ben Vessey commented: “We have been following Ore’s progress week to week at the school and know from conversations with him that there has been an enormous amount of rehearsing and training involved in producing such excellence on the dance floor every Saturday night.   We are all hugely proud of what he has achieved and hope to welcome Ore back to Canford again next year to share his inspirational story.”


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