On Monday 19th June, Year 7 students from 3 English classes came together to recreate an edited version of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. For many of our students the biggest hurdle was getting their lips around Shakespearean English and still managing to ensure the comical element of the play was not lost on our audience. The students did not disappoint.
Having divided the play into 3 parts, Mr Webb’s class opened the show to an audience of Primary and Secondary students, staff and parents. The students remembered all their lines and Mr Webb’s cameo appearance as Quince went down particularly well. The second part of the play was my class, and the role of Bottom got some big laughs as he sang through the rubber donkey’s head he was transformed into. Subin, who last minute covered the major role of Puck did exceptionally well at keeping this act together as the mischievous fairy who lays the love juice in the lover’s eyes.
Then finally it was Ms Penner’s class who kept the energy up as they enthusiastically drew the play to a close. The Mechanicals performance of Pyramus and Thisbe at the end of the show was particularly funny as Wall and Moon shine attempted to entertain with their simplistic acting. The audience found the whole play very amusing and it was so impressive to see our students perform such challenging work. Thank you from all of Year 7 and the English department to everyone who managed to support the show in some way.
Ms. Amber Claydon
Teacher of English and Drama