Sixth Form Open Evening
The Tempest performed by the RSC
On Wednesday 1st February, St Alban’s Academy was incredibly lucky to host two performances of ‘The Tempest’, directed by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
This follows a trip by our most talented and hard-working KS3 students to the RSC’s theatre in Stratford earlier this academic year, to watch the main house production of ‘The Tempest’, and compliments Year 8’s study of Shakespeare in their English lessons this half term.
Students, staff, governors, families and friends all attended the performances last Wednesday, and were captivated throughout by the crazy island which swirls with sounds as the exiled Duke Prospero uses magic to create a home in the wilderness. We watched Prospero’s beloved Miranda fall in love with the shipwrecked stranger Ferdinand, and rebel against her father’s power. Year 8 in particular gained a lot from the performance, as seeing the characters and settings they have studied come to life before their eyes, helped them to understand and enjoy Shakespeare’s gripping play.
Sam Mohamed in Year 8 said: “It was hilarious, entertaining and cheerful…Watching the play was different from studying the play because it seemed so real”.
A special well done to Alisha in Year 8, who did a fantastic job designing the tickets for the performance. The RSC were most impressed!
We look forward to continuing to work closely with the RSC, and bringing Shakespeare to life for our students!