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Young Shakespeare Company Performs Tragic Love Story

Thursday, 12 November 2015

The Young Shakespeare Company visited the Junior Girls’ School to give pupils an insight into one of William Shakespeare’s best-known romances: Romeo and Juliet. Children in Years 5 and 6 gathered in the hall, which was transformed as the play progressed into well known scenes such as the streets of Verona, the Capulet mansion, the garden overlooked by Juliet’s balcony, and even, at the end, into Juliet’s tomb where the ‘star cross’d lovers’ end their lives.

The actors put on a really entertaining show that was very interactive: they asked the girls lots of questions to make sure they understood each section of the play and the language that was being used. Pupils also had the opportunity to take part in certain scenes, taking on the roles of different characters, which they really enjoyed.

Watching the Young Shakespeare Company perform really brought the action of the play to life and helped the girls to engage with this famous tragedy.

Year 6 pupils Lauren and Francesca wrote about watching the play:

“The Young Shakespeare Company did a stunning performance of Romeo and Juliet.  They included romantic, funny and sad scenes all in one. Year 5 and 6 all contributed in Romeo and Juliet. They asked some of the audience to play some of the main roles including Lady Capulet and Count Paris. This was a very exiting experience and we all hope that they will revisit us next year.

“We all enjoyed the play, we all had a chance to volunteer to be part of it. They adapted the play so we could all understand the language and the clothes were modern. The actors played all of the parts. There was five actors and they played lots of parts. The play overall was extremely funny and sad at the same time.”

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Juliet talks to Romeo from her balcony

Juliet talks to Romeo from her balcony

The lovers meet and agree to marry after the Capulet ball

The lovers meet and agree to marry after the Capulet ball