Menacing Macbeth at the Shakespeare Schools Festival

A group of L5 took to the stage at Winchester’s Theatre Royal this October as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival. The festival is a non-competitive celebration of Shakespeare’s work and four schools per night each perform a 30 minute adaptation of their chosen play in a local theatre. Ten L5 girls began rehearsing in April, and after months of hard work were finally able to show off their version of Macbeth. The performance highlighted excellent acting talents from all, some gripping fight scenes and some especially creepy moments courtesy of the three witches.

Festival Manager Lydia Newson said 'Your cast put on a brilliant performance.  It was spare, pacey and dramatic.  I was so impressed by the girls' confident and mature grasp of the language and by the way they filled those big, male, soldier roles.  There were so many powerful moments: I particularly enjoyed the way in which you staged Banquo's ghost which was so simple and clear, I loved how the witches rose from the earth at the beginning and maintained that earthy quality through the rest of the place.  You ended your production with a real punch - the final battle was really exciting with choreography, music and lighting all used to brilliant effect'.

 

Congratulations to the magnificent cast of:

Edie Bailey 
Issy Chasey 
Sophie Goucher 
Jaisila Patel 
Helena Petrie 
Ellie Searle 
Alice Stacpoole 
Izzy Symes 
Lili Thomas 
Kassie Williams
 

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