Shakespeare Schools' Festival
As part of this year’s national Shakespeare Schools' Festival, Gordonstoun’s cast of Year 10 students were the last to perform on the evening of 31 October at the Eden Court Theatre, Inverness. Rounding up an evening of creativity, team-work and excellence, the cast of Julius Caesar left the packed audience with an up-beat ending to one of Shakespeare’s tragedy, following the comedy and drama of the three earlier pieces. The cast were praised and congratulated, and went on to repeat the performance at school the following night - to further acclaim!
Klim: It was the greatest Drama experience of my life.
Ilya: It was very difficult to stay still. But I enjoyed being a Captain.
Harry: It made me feel tingly.
Gracia: At first I was petrified… but by the performance I felt so much more confident as part of the team.
Angela: It was a real confidence booster.
Imogen: I found it was very entertaining and educational. It was hard work, doing all the rehearsals and remembering everything - but it was worth it, to be part of something like this.
Hannah: I felt like A ROMAN!
Ari: It was like A HOLIDAY!
Lizzie… on being asked to give a quote: “Aye… if I be alive”
Doug (favourite line) “Aye… at Phillippi…”
Freya: “The sun of Rome is set!”
Marta: “It was well wicked… I didn’t hate every minute.”
Chris: All I could think of was – “don’t drop the camera!”
Jolley (one of Mrs Parker's assistant Directors): “It was an inspirational and educational experience that I won’t forget.”
The following is an extract from a letter sent to the Drama Department by Mr Nic Connaughton, Regional Manager of the Shakespeare Schools' Festival:
"I wanted to write to say congratulations to you and your cast for your wonderful production of Julius Caesar at One Touch Studio, Eden Court, Inverness. You were one of 700 Schools that performed Shakespeare in professional theatres throughout the UK this Autumn.This is an enormous feat and you and your cast should be very proud.
It was a truly excellent evening of theatre!
What a strong show this was! It was visually striking; the white costumes and minimal set really let the strong acting and storytelling skills of your talented cast show through. This was a very well balanced tragedy that had all the punch of a good political thriller! Congrats!
I do hope that your cast all enjoyed this experience as much as we have enjoyed having you."