Members of the Sixth Form and (two senior pupils) enjoyed a visit to a snowy and very cold Stratford-Upon- Avon at the weekend to watch the highly acclaimed RSC production of Love’s Labour’s Won or Much Ado About Nothing (as it is usually known.) The visit was to compliment the sixth form AS/ A-Level studies and the production did not disappoint.
Set in the autumn of 1918, a group of soldiers return from the trenches and the world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reunited with Beatrice and Hero. The combative courtship between Benedick, superbly played by Edward Bennet, and Beatrice, played by the sharp tongued Michelle Terry, were both witty and entertaining in equal measure. Shakespeare’s comic romance was played out amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party – it was Shakespeare meets Downton Abbey! Particularly poignant was the characterisation of Dogberry, played by Nick Haverson: he was both a clown firing malapropisms in all directions one moment, and a shell-shocked war victim exuding pathos the next – a memorable performance indeed.
Thanks go to Mrs Magrath for organising the visit and offering that magic opportunity of watching the Bard’s work in his birthplace.