A Midsummer Night's Dream

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

On Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd May, a group of BISC students from Y6 to Y10 put on our inaugural Shakespeare performance. The play was 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', one of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies.

Our theatre was transformed into the Athenian court of Duke Theseus and the forest kingdom of Oberon and Titania. The audience were transported into a world of magic, mischief and mayhem, as fairies interfered with the lives of humans and a man had his head turned into that of a donkey!

The play was directed by Mr Rawcliffe, our Director of Drama. Auditions and rehearsals started in January and students dedicated hours of their time after school (and even on a Saturday!) in order to ensure the production values were of the highest quality. They grappled with the unfamiliar vocabulary and rhythm of Shakespeare's language, and every one of them rose to the challenge - as the audiences can confirm!

What a triumph the two nights were! You can see from the photographs the range of emotions our actors went through. We witnessed moments of pain, of longing and real humour. We were proud to able to nurture and develop the talents of so many of our students. Even more important was the journey the students went on. We saw each of them grow in confidence and skill over the course of the rehearsals and the shows themselves.

This is only the beginning: the performing arts play an integral part in our philosophy here at BISC. We are committed to developing the whole child and, wherever possible, encouraging all of their talents both in and out of the classroom.

We look forward to seeing you at our next show.

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