There is simply no better place to fully appreciate the work of William Shakespeare than London’s Globe Theatre, and this October, four of St Edward’s year 11 pupils were able to experience the atmosphere of arguably the world’s most famous open-air stage first-hand.
An early departure would leave plenty of time to take in the cityscape from the edge of the Thames: St Paul’s Cathedral, MI5 HQ, Tower Bridge and The Shard, to name a few. The journey itself to our nation’s capital from our leafy Hampshire village was one to behold. Staff members were treated to a theological debate (GCSE RS homework), critiques of each other’s poetry for the school competition and discussions about Student Council manifestos for the upcoming election; a true reflection of the maturity that had made these 4 pupils so deserving of the trip.
A rich cultural capital experience cannot be done on an empty stomach, so a hearty lunch ensued soon after arriving (well done, Alex, on the extra-spicy chicken) before embarking on a pleasantly quiet underground journey into the city, which suited everyone’s sensory sensitivities (staff included).
Once there, we took our seats, looking down (quite literally) on the ‘groundlings’ and watched an extremely dark, intense but ‘relaxed production’ of The Scottish Play. Quite aside from the incredible acting, the interaction with the audience and the infiltration of the players into the crowd made for a uniquely immersive experience.
For some pupils, it was their first Shakespeare play; for others their first theatre experience and even their first time in London, but truly worth it. Lincoln, Joe, Hugh and Alex – you were great company and excellent ambassadors for the school. Thank you also to the Head of English, Mr Dyne, for organising the trip.
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