- Name: Sean Hughes
- Year group: Upper Sixth
- Role: Jean Valjean
A multi-talented pupil with a great presence on stage, Year 13 pupil Sean will be taking on the prominent role of Jean Valjean for the upcoming Rydal Penrhos Dramatic Society production of Les Misérables.
There is not much that the 17-year-old does not excel at, and he has played a huge contributing factor in the overall success of the school since joining in 2012 as a Year 7 pupil.
He has plenty of experience within the Dramatic Society, with his efforts during the production of To Kill a Mockingbird drawing widespread praise.
Sean’s vocal talents are also something that has really stood out during his time at Rydal Penrhos, with concert performances and his RPS Showstoppers contribution further evidence of his exceptional poise in front of a live audience.
His sporting achievements are also vast in areas such as Rugby Union and Athletics.
Jean Valjean is the protagonist of Victor Hugo's 1862 novel, where the author depicts the character's 19-year-long struggle to lead a normal life after serving a prison sentence for stealing bread to feed his sister's children during a time of economic depression and various attempts to escape from prison.
Valjean is also known in the novel as Monsieur Madeleine, Ultime Fauchelevent, Monsieur Leblanc, and Urbain Fabre.
Valjean and police Inspector Javert, who repeatedly encounters Valjean and attempts to return him to prison, have become archetypes in literary culture.
In the popular imagination, the character of Jean Valjean came to represent both Hugo himself and leftist sentiment.
In 1871, when Hugo was living in Brussels during the radical revolt known as the Paris Commune, anti-revolutionary mobs attacked his house and broke windows shouting "Down with Jean Valjean”.