Drama students perform Shakespeare at Arts Centre

Friday 2nd November 2018

On Wednesday 17 October, Mr Godfrey took his L5 drama class to the Shakespeare Schools Festival at South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell. Here the class performed a thirty minute version of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’.

 

After a two hour technical and dress rehearsal in the morning, the L5 drama class performed their thirty minute version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest to an audience of 400 people, as part of an evening of four thirty minute Shakespeare plays, performing from 7pm-9.45pm.

 

Heathfield School performed Twelfth Night, The Avenue School performed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Ditton Park Academy performed Othello.

 

All the schools’ performances were excellent and the Queen Anne’s girls, who had rehearsed so hard for several weeks, performed The Tempest with great intensity and imagination.

 

Leah L was a masterly Prospero; Daisy S and Scarlett W were convincingly romantic as Miranda and Ferdinand; Ruby H was a sparky Ariel and Sofia B, an earthy Caliban.

The villains were menacingly performed by Charlotte B as the usurping Antonio and Rosie F as the brooding side-kick Sebastian, with Sophie T as the corrupt, but later repentant Alonso and Pasha A as the wise Councillor, Gonzalo.

The comic relief was provided by Caitlin V as the drunken butler Stephano and Rosie F as the lively Jester Trinculo. The island spirits were imaginatively performed by Evgenia E, Maria Luna G and Ana D.

 

Here are some of the girl’s comments about their performance:

 

“We were very nervous before performing, as the audience was so large. But, when we performed, we had a blast!” – Sophie B

 

“We performed The Tempest well and the audience enjoyed it. The other schools’ plays were different and equally exciting to watch.” – Caitlin V

 

Some of the photos from their performance are shown below