Victor tells us what it was like to be part of Playmaking Festival 2022 in Bradford.

Victor is a student at St Bede’s and St Joseph’s Catholic College, Bradford. He performed in the RSC Playmaking performance of Much Ado About Nothing at St George’s Hall in Bradford in June.

I was playing the role of Leonato, in Much Ado About Nothing, and I thought that it was an important role to play as he was the governor/Mayor of Messina and it made me feel that I was important during the performance.

Playing Leonato has taught me that there are many themes running through the play by Shakespeare, including love, confusion and, as the plays title suggests, a lot of fuss about something which is not important.

This story presents us with themes of friendship and marriage as well as crossed wires, hidden identities, and deceit.

Before the performance we had rehearsals in our school. In theatre, the rehearsals are about practising the play so that it will be ready to be performed in front of an audience without mistakes. The part I liked about rehearsals was remembering my lines because after I got them right I felt happy with myself for remembering them and it gave me a sense of self-esteem.

We are taught to just carry on or work as a team if something does go wrong.

I was feeling really excited and also anxious about the performance as I didn’t want to get my lines wrong and I was scared of how many people were going to be there.  I was also mostly looking forward to my family seeing me perform in the theatre.

 

I enjoyed seeing other schools acting as it interesting to see how differently they did their performances. I also enjoyed leaving school and going to the theatre as it made me think I was going to perform in front of a lot of people. I also enjoyed sitting in the lounge in our breaks where I could chat to the other students from my school and meet new people from other schools.

Victor

I have learned that Shakespeare’s plays are still relevant today because the emotional reality of his characters are familiar in our own experiences today from family fights to love to war.

In order to understand the modern world, and people in general, it is important to study Shakespeare. We recognize people and situations in Shakespeare's plays today, which makes his plays vital. I have learned that Shakespeare’s plays are still relevant today because the emotional reality of his characters are familiar in our own experiences today from family fights to love to war.

 

 

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