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Les Mis Cast Focus: Joe (False Valjean; Montparnasse)

Les Mis Cast Focus: Joe (False Valjean; Montparnasse)

  • Name: Joe Morrow
  • Year group: Year 13
  • Role: False Valjean; Montparnasse; Factory Worker; Sailor 1; Joly

A well-rounded individual with an unbelievable stage presence, Joe will be playing numerous roles including Montparnasse during the upcoming Dramatic Society production of Les Misérables.

Joe only arrived at Rydal Penrhos in 2017 as a boarding pupil, and he has already made a lasting impression thanks to his enormous talent and his willingness to get better at every opportunity.

His talent on the rugby field has been a massive asset for Rydal Penrhos’ senior set-up, which also resulted in Joe receiving a regional squad call-up for Cheshire.

The 18-year-old has fully immersed himself into the boarding experience at Rydal Penrhos, where he has been supported at Hathaway House by Housemaster Phil Mather and Matron Karen Mather.

He was part of the school contingent that completed the gruelling Three Peaks Challenge to secure another notable milestone, and Joe’s Dramatic efforts saw him come away with a host of awards from the inaugural Creative and Performing Arts Dinner.

Joe is also is the final stages of completing his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award after progressing through numerous assessments, and he gave a mind-blowing performance of genuine quality during the recent A-level Drama examination.

The Sixth Former’s contribution to Rydal Penrhos’ hugely successful RPS Showstoppers drew widespread praise, and his leadership and support to young members of the school community as Osborn House captain and Prefect further outline the exceptional nature of his overall character.

He has been a prominent member of the Sixth Form Charity Committee over a two-year period, which has raised thousands for worthy causes throughout the region and beyond.

Montparnasse is a striking young dandy with a flair for murder.

Indeed, between the gory nature of his crimes and his impressions on the ladies, Montparnasse seems to mirror the notorious Lacenaire.

People don’t feel sympathetic to this “career criminal”, although he is to the unfortunate, but he does give glamour its due.

On the one hand, Montparnasse is the sort of exciting figure that would titillate those repressed bourgeoisie. Although his faults, Montparnasse is very appealing and upholds much grace.

On the other, Montparnasse could also be considered a hero or role model for those underclass members who aspired to a more indulgent lifestyle, or who resented the upper classes.

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