The culmination of nearly a term and a half of rehearsals saw two acting ensembles took to the stage at Tewkesbury roses Theatre on Monday 13 October. Year 8's performed 'King Lear', with a fast paced piece that highlighted the torment of the mad and the greed and destruction of the few! The three sisters - Goneril, Regan and Cordelia declared their love for their father in their own way,with two of them being rewarded for their overblown 'love', whist the pure of heart Cordelia was made to suffer for her honest approach. Unfortunately, no good can ever come of such falsehoods and the outcome was never going to be one of a happy ending.
Likewise the scenario for the Year 6 production of 'Macbeth', with Macbeth's future being mapped out by the 'weird sisters' upon the blasted heath, and of course he just has to give fate a helping hand, along with his equally wicked wife. Murder most foul, ghosts and insanity follow for the majority of the players, until a rightful heir is placed upon the throne. The fantastic opportunity offered by the Shakespeare Schools Festival means that children with a penchant for theatre can experience life on and off stage, with lighting, sound, techies, box office and rousing cheers and applause all being part of the adventure. It also allows them to grasp the intricacies of the Shakespearean language and stand them in good stead of later years of study.
On the night, the children performed with alacrity and energy and were a huge credit to themselves and to the Prep.
"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves" - William Shakespeare
'King Lear' in Dress Rehearsal:
'Macbeth' in Dress Rehearsal: