Stratford Visit October 2012

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Upper Sixth tread the boards in Stratford


The Upper Sixth were lucky enough this year to experience the last week of the 2012 Shakespeare festival, which formed part of the Cultural Olympiad.


We travelled to Stratford on the Thursday afternoon and that evening went to see The Tempest, one of the What Country, Friends, Is This? trilogy, at the recently re-structured Royal Shakespeare Theatre. It was a stimulating and lively performance.


The Friday morning was spent at the Shakespeare Centre, where two excellent lectures on King Lear, our set text, were put on especially for us, focussed very specifically on our Pre-U requirements. In the afternoon the girls visited Shakespeare’s birthplace, where RSC actors gave them a private performance of Lear’s famous speech on the heath. This was followed by a visit to Hall Croft, the extremely well-preserved house and garden belonging to Shakespeare’s daughter. That evening we saw A Tender Thing, a deeply moving play at the Swan Theatre, about an elderly Romeo and Juliet.


On Saturday morning we were up early for a fascinating backstage tour of the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre. The girls “trod the boards” and saw the props they would see that afternoon in A Comedy Of Errors. The play was outstanding – very fast paced and hilarious. Everyone felt it was great to end on a high, and the happy mood lasted all the way back to Sevenoaks!


Altogether it had been a full, informative, stimulating and thoroughly enjoyable few days.


Mrs C Winder, English Teacher