Powerful richard iii performance wows audiences at shakespeare schools festival
A group of talented College students travelled to the Phoenix Arts Centre in Exeter to perform their powerful and thought-provoking performance of ‘Richard III’ on 16 November 2016, to great audience acclaim. The performance was delivered as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival - the UK’s largest youth drama festival comprising performances from over 1,000 schools in 150 professional theatres across the country each year.
The College welcomed all years to participate in the production, with the lead role of Richard III being artfully portrayed by Year 13 student, Will Dobson. The abridged version of the Bard’s original text saw the play being set in a modern America, with skilfully woven political undertones running through the highly topical piece. Strong visual imagery, through the use of lighting, costumes and props were skilfully designed and used to drive the thematic content of the play.
The performance was a culmination of months of rehearsals, and one that Ruth Brook, Shakespeare Schools Festival Chief Executive, was impressed with: “It’s a significant achievement to do something as difficult and aspirational as perform one of Shakespeare’s plays on a professional stage. Everyone who has taken part should be so proud of themselves.”
Audience members were equally as enthused with the performance, with one spectator commenting: “I was blown away about the level of dedication and commitment the Newton Abbot College students showed. The show was amazing - they were consummate professionals from start to finish and this is a reflection of the excellent teaching staff who support and guide them so well.”