Outdoor Shakespeare

At the end of June, the Drama Department performed two outdoor Shakespeare performances in the woods near the Yurt. 

A 'full house' gathered on the sun drenched, grassy slopes, just before 2pm. They were led down to the performance area, nestled amongst the trees, by a team of fairies. 

First was ‘Midsummer Night's Dream’, which had been Bedes House Drama entry back in October, adapted and directed by Alastair Oakley. The cast did a brilliant job of adapting to the new playing space, coping well with an audience who were now on three sides, instead of one.

They all gave strong, energetic performances, enhanced by the woody surroundings. The duo of Cassie and Laura, who had the roles of Puck and Robin, did a great job of telling the story and communicating directly with the audience.

After an interval of tea and homemade cakes (thanks to Mrs Oakley and her mum) we were ready for Act 2.

We were treated to ‘As You Like It’, again adapted and directed by Alastair Oakley. This had been created especially for the show, and featured a cast of Fifth Years and Sixth Formers; who had not long since finished their exams. This had been staged and rehearsed in only one week!

As well as directing this piece, Alastair starred as Orlando alongside his peers. Everyone gave energetic and characterful performances and should be very proud of their achievement! The leading pair of Alastair and Claire as Orlando and Roselind, provided some great comedic moments, and they conveyed brilliantly the sense of the text to the audience, through both words and mannerisms.

The piece was enhanced by live music, played from under the trees, which was a lovely addition. More photos can be found in the gallery.

Both casts did a fantastic job, and should be very proud of their achievements. The audience left full of praise (and cake), asking "When will the next outdoor Shakespeare be?" So watch this space…


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