Sixty Drama students from Harrow Way Community School were transported back to ancient Rome via 17th century London last week as they dived into the murky world of Julius Caesar at Shakespeare’s Globe.
While their teachers will have hoped that the students did not pick up too many tips on overthrowing authority from Shakespeare’s violent classic, the trip did give many students their first taste of live theatre. And what a first taste! The authentically reconstructed theatre on London’s Southbank is the Wembley stadium of the theatrical world, inhabited by actors at the top of their game. Only the National Theatre, the Old Vic or performing on Broadway could hope to compete with The Globe for a place at the top of an actor’s CV.
Besides gaining a basic grasp of how the ‘game of thrones’ was played in Shakespeare’s day, students from Years 9, 10 & 11 were treated to a theatrical experience which has remained largely unchanged in over 400 years. Watching one of Shakespeare’s most quotable plays (Et tu, Brute? Beware the ides of March. Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears) performed by the country’s best theatre actors, was also the perfect start to the year for these committed drama students.
Harrow Way Drama Curriculum Leader Euan Manson said: “The buzz of excitement on the return coach journey was something we will look to capitalise on in the coming term, as the drama department aims to build on the school’s best ever set of exam results which saw 100% A* – C grades, 45% of which were A* and A grades.”
Harrow Way holds the prestigious Artsmark Gold status which is awarded by Arts Council England in recognition of the school’s commitment to, and excellence in, arts education.
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