On Monday 2nd October, 28 Key Stage 4 and Osborne College students began their Shakespeare Schools Foundation journey at the Theatre Royal in Winchester
We shared our Cast Workshop with Kings Schools and The Westgate School.We arrived and began with a welcome and then on to a quick warm up. The students shared the stage with 60 others from the two Winchester Schools, it was a joy to see them all interacting with each other, supporting one another and engaging with students they had never met before.
After this, we took part in a number of vocal exercises, working on extending our vocalisations so they could be heard throughout the auditorium. We then grouped together with the other schools to discuss the main themes in our plays.
After the whole company warm up exercises, we had the opportunity to watch two extracts from the other schools, getting a sneak peak at what they had been working on.We were then invited to showcase our own work. This year we will be performing ‘The Tempest’. We chose to focus on the character ‘Propsero’ and how he controls the elements with his magic. The students thoroughly enjoyed playing with different movements and motifs to symbolise the storm waves in the opening scene.
We left inspired and full of ideas for our forthcoming performance, and cant wait to show you our adaptation of ‘The Tempest’ on Tuesday 7th November.
Hannah Corrall, Head of School Productions