Talented drama students performed ‘Blood & Betrayal’; an abridged version of Shakespeare’s tragedy, ‘Julius Caesar’, to packed audiences as part of their growing tradition of classical theatre performance.
Following previous years’ collaboration with the world’s largest youth drama festival, Shakespeare’s Schools’ Foundation, the College performed its own interpretation of The Bard’s famous work. Including performers from years 7-13, the production was set in a timeless era, highlighting universal themes including betrayal, treachery, honour, patriotism and friendship.
The performance was the culmination of three months of rehearsals that showcased a huge array of student talent, from acting, stage management and musicianship.
Year 10 student, Thomas Carter, who played the titular role, said of the performance: “I am very glad that I was a part of the performance as I have gained skills and confidence I will never lose. I really enjoyed learning to speak in a Shakespearian manner and hope to take the skills I have gained onto the stage in future.”
Newton Abbot College Teacher of Drama and performance director, Gareth Davies, said: “It is always amazing to see students of all ages grappling with and mastering Shakespeare, both the language and the theatre of his plays. They spoke the text so naturally and the narrative of the complex plot was clear from beginning to end. We are so proud of their achievements and look forward to continuing the tradition of performing classical theatre at Newton Abbot College in years to come.”