On Thursday 20th November, 21 students travelled to the Curve Theatre in Leicester to take part in the national Shakespeare Schools Festival. They arrived at the Curve at 1pm and were ushered into the theatre by the stage manager. For the next 2 hours they completed a technical rehearsal followed by a dress rehearsal. They were then shown to their dressing rooms, ‘with lights around the mirrors’ and had a cast meeting where they went through the notes from the Dress Rehearsal. They then got to see a sneak preview of Rawlins Academy’s performance of ‘A Midsummer’s Night Dream’ as they completed their dress rehearsal. At 6pm in full costume and makeup, all four schools took part in a vocal and physical warm up led by members of the SSF team. Friesland students were allowed to watch the first two performances of ‘Hamlet’ and ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ before they went backstage to do a cast warm up and get themselves ready for their performance of Macbeth.
The next half hour was as some students quoted after the performance, ‘the best half hour of my life’ – the performance was fantastic, the audience brought the roof down with applause and cheers, the day after emails and tweets were received from members of the public saying:
‘Friesland School’s brilliant Macbeth – highlight of the SSF.’
‘Macbeth, by Friesland School was just electric’
‘It was worthy of the Stratford stage, never mind The Curve – I don’t think I have ever enjoyed an interpretation of Macbeth so much’
‘I have never seen Macbeth performed with such focus and power, it was simply magnificent, whilst you were performing the audience were absolutely gripped.’
All in all, a fantastic day was had by all and the students were a credit to themselves and the school. Well done to everyone involved.