Perse Prep pupils take to the stage for Shakespeare Schools Festival
27 Nov 2018
Year 6 Perse Prep pupils staged a stunning performance of Macbeth at the Mumford Theatre as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival.
The cast of 22 children attended a workshop at the start of term and a rehearsal morning at the theatre where they worked with professional directors from the Shakespeare Schools Foundation. They had also been rehearsing for the show – an abridged half-hour version of the Scottish Play – since the start of September as part of an after-school club.
The performance itself proved to be a huge hit with the audience with the biggest ovation going to the member of Year 6 who had acted as stage manager, taking responsibility for everything from marking up technical and lighting scripts to organising props and performers backstage.
Pupils expressed their delight at taking part in the festival. One commented: “I loved the experience of working in a professional theatre and picking up tips from the festival directors”, while another said: “I really enjoyed our costumes and lighting and the way we created a spooky atmosphere.” For another youngster “it really helped me understand Shakespeare.”
Prep Head of Enrichment Pete Whitmell, who co-directed the play with Head of Art & DT Dan Wansell, said: “It was a real pleasure to work with such a talented cast of young actors. From our very first session it was clear that they really understood the text and were very confident performers.”
“This allowed us to be really creative and ambitious with the staging and to utilise lots of ideas which the actors came up with themselves. After all their hard work in rehearsals, we were exceptionally proud of the children’s final performance, which they delivered with exceptional energy and confidence.”