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.