After the success of ‘Julius Caesar’ last year, we are continuing the Roman theme with our interpretation of ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ for the Shakespeare Schools Festival this year. The cast, in after-school rehearsals, have been working hard and contributing some really exciting creative ideas to our piece.
At the start of October, we held a cast workshop at the Jerwood Studio, Dance East, Ipswich. Two professional directors worked with students from Ormiston Academy, Sudbury, and our cast, taking them through a series of activities to develop their performance and interpretation skills. It’s always a very valuable part of the experience to get to work with another cast, and there was a real buzz in the air throughout the workshop.
The second half of the workshop involved sharing our interpretation and getting feedback from the other school and the workshop leaders. Ormiston Academy used mobile phones and synchronised movements to convey the rumours being spread in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, and we shared two scenes from our interpretation.
Our cast have chosen to develop a WW2 inspired setting, with Berlin taking the place of Rome as the centre of a growing Empire. The scenes we shared allowed us to explore the change in atmosphere between Rome/Berlin and Egypt, a change in location which is constantly required throughout the play. Our interpretation uses physical theatre, strong images and story-teling techniques to communicate the plot, characters and themes of the play.
We received very positive feedback to our ideas! This has filled the cast with confidence as we continue to prepare for our performance on Thursday 6 November, again at Dance East. The evening will consist of three performances:
Tickets are on sale now from the Dance East Box Office on the following number: 01473 295230
With three different schools performing on the previous evening please make sure you book for the correct performance!