Shakespeare works his magic on a new generation

Brentwood School pupils bought to life the magic of one of the nation’s favourite Shakespeare plays – before an audience of local primary school children - to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death.

Middle School pupils, in the Second, Third and Fourth Years, in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Dream Team 2016, produced a truly enchanting performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

As part of a nationwide celebration marking the 400th anniversary, the Royal Shakespeare Company created a 60-minute edited version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays.

And the Midsummer adventure, staged in the School’s Memorial Hall, before a specially-invited audience of pupils from Bentley St Paul’s Primary School and West Thurrock Academy, proved to be one hour of pure magic.

A talented cast of word-perfect young thespians brought Shakespeare’s Elizabethan prose to life as the games of fantasy, love and dreams were played out on a stage cleverly transformed into an enchanted forest.

Director Miss Rachel Worth said: “In directing the play, it became crystal clear that the most wonderful things about the Dream are also the greatest challenges – it conjures a magical world which doesn’t exist in our everyday lives. Finding a way to create that world which will make sense to an audience has been an exciting journey!

“Full credit must go the School’s young actors who have had to dig deep for clues in the text so that they can create characters that are rich, believable and hopefully honour the playwright’s intentions. They have all worked extremely hard to bring the show to life, and should be incredibly proud of it!”

Headmaster Ian Davies, who also watched the performance, said: “It was totally enchanting and very funny, with excellent performances from a very impressive cast who worked very hard to bring this to play to life. Congratulations to Miss Worth for the superb direction!”