English Literature trip to The Globe Theatre

English Literature trip to The Globe Theatre

On March 11th a group of 30 English Literature students went to The Globe Theatre to see a new production of Shakespeare’s much loved comedy “Twelfth Night”.
 
These students will be studying this play in the autumn term as they progress to the second year of their A level course.  It was a great opportunity to see this play in the context it would have originally be seen.
 
Student Lorrie Rose particularly enjoyed the modern dress and “lively” approach taken although did find the outdoor experience “a bit cold” whilst Laura Arnaud, who had previously visited The Globe as a seated audience member, enjoyed the experience of being “part of the show” as one of the groundlings standing in the yard in front of the stage.
 
“Twelfth Night” is among Shakespeare’s most musical plays and a variety of songs, some contemporary, some from Shakespeare’s own time and others from the age of Rock and Roll – clearly Sir Toby Belch and Andrew Aguecheek’s own “golden” era - were integrated into a very energetic and thought-provoking performance. Francesca O’ Dowd thought it very well adapted whilst her classmate Laura was pleased that they, “kept it Shakespeare” in terms of the language used.
 
The sober, killjoy figure of Malvolio was gradually brought down a peg or two by the fun-loving revellers whilst a romantic plot involving shipwrecks, twins and cross-dressing kept things moving forward towards the usual happy ending of weddings and further singing and dancing.  Student, Scarlett Meakings thought this was “perfect for sixth-formers”.
 
All the Reigate College students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and this should certainly help them understand the play better in the autumn term.
 
The trip’s organiser, Jonathan Stott, concluded, “One of the big steps forward English Literature students need to take is to understand that drama texts differ from prose and poetry insofar as they only ever truly come to life in performance.  Hopefully by attending this performance students will begin to recognise how important it is to look for the details in a script that are open to different interpretations.”
 
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