This year’s Senior School production was an adaptation of Shakespeare’s last play, The Tempest. Four performances took place last week including a special matinee performance on 23rd April - the 400 year anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.
Auditions took place just before Christmas last year and after three months of rehearsals it was time to perform! This year's company delivered a fantastic set of performances in School Hall which was turned into an island to represent the setting of the play. Staged in the round - to match the original performance conditions - the audience found themselves face to face (quite literally sometimes!) with a colourful array of characters. From Prospero the magician, whose desire for revenge drives the story forward to the animal-like Caliban whose comical sub-plot with Stephano the drunken butler and Trinculo the jester had the audience in stitches! From the spirit Ariel - who seemed to be everywhere at every moment in School Hall to the love story of Miranda and Ferdinand. The performances featured live music and dance - as would have been traditional in Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre - and some incredible lighting and sound provided by Ms Hebden and her Tech-Soc team.
The whole company have worked incredibly hard over the last few months and were delighted that so many people in the school community came to see the production and offered their support. Mr Mount would like to say a massive 'Than You!' to his fantastic cast and also to everybody else who helped in any way in ensuring that this production was a success. It was a wonderful week of performances and King's was able to honour the life and work of William Shakespeare in appropriate style!