After only a few lunchtime and after-school rehearsals, a dedicated team of three Year 10 students and twenty-one Y7 students from Liskeard School & Community College represented the school in a drama production of Macbeth at Falmouth University.
Organised by the RSC (internationally acclaimed Royal Shakespeare Company) and Hall for Cornwall, this was a fantastic opportunity for all the students to work with a technical crew and in front of a sold out audience.
The students performed amazingly, with gasps from the audience at the final fight scene between Macbeth (Josh Bevan) and Macduff (Ben Mitchell). All students were a huge credit to the school and also enjoyed watching performances from the seven other Cornish schools involved with the RSC Associate Schools’ programme.
Following on from this, three Year 10 students (Josh Bevan, Ben Mitchell and Lena Zalick) have been selected to represent Cornwall in a national performance of Macbeth in Stratford-upon-Avon. They have been involved in workshops, auditions and rehearsals with Fiona Ross, a director from The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon.
The students will travel to Stratford-upon-Avon with students from other Cornish schools for a three-day event, during which they will perform on stage with students from all around the UK. They will also be given the opportunity to see behind the scenes, watch a production of Romeo and Juliet and have a look around the town.
This is an incredible opportunity for the students and one which will give them an insight into the world of professional theatre.
Deputy Head, James O’Connell, said:
“It was wonderful to see Liskeard students working so creatively and in such a prestigious venue. They brought the text alive and proved that Shakespeare’s work is still as relevant and accessible as ever. We are also particularly proud of three Liskeard students – Josh, Ben and Lena – who have been selected to perform in a production of Macbeth supported by the Royal Shakespeare Company.”