Romeo and Juliet

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Our Year 12 Production of Romeo and Juliet in Ogstoun was a great success. As always with our summer show, the rehearsal period was very short and very intense with the students returning from study leave less than two weeks before the show hit the stage. The cast worked exceptionally well together and the show took shape quickly and efficiently.

This was a contemporary adaptation of the play with a running time of approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes. The piece was a condensed version of the original play in a modern setting combining Shakespeare’s language and characters with contemporary characters and modern language. The action was placed within the framing device of a group of secondary school students as they discover that they have two new teachers who help them to study and explore the play in an unconventional way. The cast combine dance and drama to explore the story and the framing device allows us to clarify and highlight some of the key themes of Shakespeare’s wonderful tragedy; the audience learn about the play alongside the students in the story.

The set for the play was necessarily simple as this piece will be touring to Boston and New York in October 2015.

Here is a gallery of photos from the performances in the Ogstoun Theatre:

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Year 12 Exam Pieces.

Before the Easter break, the Year 12 AS students presented their exam pieces to the visiting examiner from Edexcel. We don’t know the marks at this stage but we do know that the performances were packed out and that the audiences at the shows were extremely impressed with the quality of the work being presented.

This year we had three plays on offer: the hilarious, yet powerfully poignant ‘Bouncers’ by John Godber, an intense and experiential production of ‘Marat/Sade’ by Peter Weiss and an emotionally naturalistic production of Philip Ridley’s ‘Sparkleshark’.

A massive well done to all of the students involved. They all showed such maturity and hard work and the entire process of creating the plays was a joy from start to finish!

Below is a gallery of photos from the productions. Thanks as always to Mr Andy Thomas for the excellent images, copies of these are available from Calcots Photography: http://calcots.co.uk/

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Gordonstoun Drama at the Edinburgh Fringe

During the summer Gordonstoun took two shows to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe… ‘Avenue Q’ Directed by Mrs Parker with Musical Direction by Mr Burbury and ‘The Cagebirds’ Directed by Mr Parker. Both shows were performed at Cvenues and did brilliantly, with great audiences and great reviews.

The students had a fantastic time at the Fringe and took the opportunity to see a huge number of shows whilst they were there, making friends with loads of other performers and inviting people along to see their own productions.

Everyone enjoyed marching along the Royal Mile promoting the productions and performing extracts of their shows in the street to successfully promote ticket sales.

A brilliant and hugely valuable experience for everyone who was a part of it. Massive thanks go to all the staff who helped to make it all happen and well done to the performers who showed Gordonstoun to be a centre for performing excellence once again!