On Tuesday 30th October 28 Students from Osborne School took part in the National Shakespeare School’s Festival at the Theatre Royal Winchester. The students performed Osborne’s version of Macbeth. Which was met with rapturous applause from the audience and an excellent appraisal from the Shakespeare team.
The production began with the whole cast in a battle scene leaving Macbeth ( Josh Batchelor) stood aloft at the end. The three Witches were introduced with a movement piece, moving onto the whole cast writing to Lady Macbeth. King Duncan,played by Matthew Buckett, met his end with a small dance ensemble ribbon dance. The whole cast them provided a dream sequence with moving crowns controlled by the three witches. Connor Coleman provided a very powerful performance as Banquo’s ghost whilst Bethany Finnegan took a solo lead in the performance of Lady Macbeth’s ‘Toxic’ madness. The piece ended powerfully with Burnham Wood coming to get Macbeth.
In the appraisal the students were commended for their dark and powerful visuals, for getting to the ‘bare bones’ of the story, for providing the audience with beautiful pictures using effective props, movement and dances. The appraiser likened the direction to that of David Lynch and the soundtrack to that of a Quentin Tarantino film.
The students should be extremely proud of their professionalism and commitment. They all worked incredibly hard and showed confidence and resilience throughout the rehearsals and performance. It was a wonderful night and the students really did Osborne proud.