3 students from SBSJ were privileged to be selected to perform in a production of Julius Caesar at The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon last week as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Next Generation programme. They were Farhaan Akbar Y7, Lilian Bingham Y7 and Alex Docherty Y9.
The students worked with Mrs Buffham-Wheeler, Miss Babar and Directors from the RSC throughout the rehearsal periods, exploring the text, understanding Shakespeare’s language and converting the spoken word into a performance.
I can only reiterate the Director’s compliments below to say that the students conducted themselves with respect and professionalism. We had a gloriously exhausting and exhilarating 2 days soaking up the Shakespeare experience and living the dream.
Report by Mrs Buffham-Wheeler
This text below is taken from an email from Robin Belfield who Directed the whole performance.
Just wanted to drop you all a note to say a massive THANK YOU for all your hard work, commitment and passion over this last year - all of which contributed to the amazing thing we achieved together yesterday! Your young people were a credit to themselves, you and your schools and while working in the theatre they all displayed the focus, discipline and skill worthy of a professional company. They certainly did you proud! We’ve had some wonderful responses from audiences here and I hope you have had some too from parents and other staff who came to watch.
I meant what I said yesterday – it doesn’t go unnoticed that you do all this on top of everything else required of you in your schools, but I hope that yesterday’s achievement makes all that extra energy, passion and hard work worth it. It really is proof of what this special partnership with you, your theatre partners and us can do!
Please pass this note on to your cluster teachers and of course tell the young people how brilliant they were!
Robin Belfield | Young People’s Performance Developer
Royal Shakespeare Company