The Perse School

The Perse Players present … Romeo and Juliet

7 Apr 2014

“For never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” Last week saw three sell-out performances of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet by The Perse Players. The Perse Players put on an annual show in which budding actors and actresses from across all year groups take part.

This year’s show, Romeo and Juliet, is a classic tragedy about two star-crossed lovers, and one of Shakespeare’s most performed plays, which has been brought into the twenty-first century by the cast. The play was directed by Perse teacher, Claire Leigh, who said of the decision to take on this epic tale: “Shakespeare tends to work really well for a whole school play.”

Tom Harwood put in a fantastic performance as Romeo, and Emma Broadhurst played Juliet brilliantly. She said of her role as this infamous character: “it’s a part I have wanted to play for a long time.” The 46-strong supporting cast put in some passionate performances in this often violent and dark play. “[everyone] is so talented and they were so well suited to the parts they had”, said Claire about her fantastic cast.

The musical elements of the play were brought to life by our Year 11 extension musicians who provided the soundtrack. They have worked together to compose music for a section of the play, taking pieces from the musical, West Side Story, Prokofiev’s ballet suite, Berlioz’s choral symphony and Tchaikovsky’s symphonic poem, putting them together to create an original piece for the show. The result was a fantastic series of short pieces which reinterpreted old material as new.

Many thanks go to the vast army of helpers on and off stage who have all helped to make the shows possible.

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