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A cast of wonderfully talented Year 10s took their original play, Shakespeare's Super Seven, out on the road at the end of the summer term. They visited Ashton Gate and Horfield primary schools, before performing to Redmaids' Junior School and the rest of Year 10 on the penultimate day of term. The play was a glorious, jam-packed celebration of Shakespeare, focusing on seven of Shakespeare's most famous female characters, from the doomed Cordelia to the wise-cracking Beatrice to the terrifying but tragic Lady Macbeth.
It was all hosted by the brilliant Bard himself, an energetic, enthusiastic and endlessly engaging compere, interacting with the audiences throughout. As well as the supreme acting talents on display, the cast showed off their musical talents with beautiful songs and piano accompaniment, alongside a plethora of props.
The purpose of the play was to show the younger audiences the wonder of the Shakespeare, so the greatest compliment that can be paid to the cast, is that they have inspired their audiences to put on their own little Shakespeare plays, discuss their favourite characters (always Bottom!) and even have a go at reading the plays. One audience member described the play as the best play that they had ever seen.
The production was led by Mrs K Markwell, English Teacher and Assistant Head of Year 10 at Redmaids' High: “It was a delight to work with this cast from beginning to end, with their ceaseless professionalism, creativity and sense of fun." and she added "We all laughed a lot during the rehearsals, just as the audiences laughed during performances and I am extremely proud of them all. Three cheers for Shakespeare and the marvellous Year 10s.”
Find out more about creative and performing arts opportunities at Redmaids' High School here.