The Perse School

Twelfth Night an Overwhelming Success

18 Nov 2016

“If music be the food of love, play on!”

There was plenty of playing in Year 6’s production of Twelfth Night as part of The Shakespeare Schools’ Festival, which was performed on Tuesday 15th November at The Mumford Theatre in Cambridge.

The ensemble of twelve actors and one Technical Manager brought the Bard’s classic comedy to life using an abridged script that featured the original language.

There were plenty of laughs at Malvolio’s expense and some stellar acting from the cast who have been rehearsing the play since September. Remembering the experience, one cast member recalled, “The stage was so big and we couldn’t really see the audience with the lights but it was great fun.”

Another said, “I really enjoyed learning more about Shakespeare and it was great to understand more of the language as we went along.” Much to the directors’ delight, a number of the cast agreed that, “We used to think Shakespeare was boring or impossible to understand but we now know you don’t need to know what every single word means to find the play funny and interesting.”

This is now the third year the Prep has participated in the festival, a nationwide celebration of Shakespeare’s work, that in his 400th anniversary year would hopefully have made him proud.


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