Year 9 Visit The Globe Theatre
On Tuesday 6th March, over 30 Year 9 students went to the Globe Theatre on London’s bustling South Bank to see a production of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer’s Night Dream’. Walking across the Millennium Bridge, many students commented on how many impressive buildings are in the area, like St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tate Modern art gallery. The Globe certainly holds its own amongst these famous sites, as it is an authentic reproduction of the theatre as it existed in Shakespeare’s time, even down to the open area where much of the audience would stand to see a play. Our boys were in this area, which meant we were very close to the action. The performance started with the whole cast singing modern love songs (especially popular was Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’ which inspired a sing-a-long from the audience!) which really set the tone for an energetic performance of this romantic play. Highlights included the fairy king, Oberon, and his mischief-making servant, Puck, descending on wires into the back of the standing audience and disappearing through the stage floor. The best scenes involved the four lovers, who during the play are tricked into various love triangles by Puck and his magic but of course end up ‘happily ever after’; but not without a very funny chase scene between the former best-friends turned love-rivals Helena and Hermia.
Shakespeare is not easy to understand as he was writing over 500 years ago; despite this, the chilly March weather and standing for over two hours, the students who attended took a lot from this performance and understood a great deal of the storyline. I know myself, Mr Himri and Mr Hussein all really appreciated seeing the performance and enjoyed the opportunity to take some of our Year 9 students out for an enriching cultural experience.