Eve from Bridgetown Primary School, Stratford-upon-Avon, talks us through the recent Stratford Schools' Festival.
I have just completed a rollercoaster ride aboard the Stratford Schools’ Festival promenade performance of Julius Caesar.
Way back in October 2016, Bridgetown Primary School Drama Club were told that they would be performing along with fourteen other Stratford schools in Julius Caesar. The journey from start to finish has been an amazing experience that I, and all the other performers, will never forget!
We were all on edge as the roles we would play were being given out. I’d had my eye on playing the role of Brutus or Mark Antony - it didn’t matter that I was a girl, I knew I could take on these roles as well as any boy! I was made-up to find that I’d been cast as Mark Antony and I felt ecstatic!
Rehearsals involved looking at the characters we had to play, with the main focus being on their thoughts, feelings and motives. The scene I had to play needed a lot of thinking for me as Mark Antony is sad, cunning and angry at the same time.
On the day of the performances (we did three in one day!) I felt more excited than nervous as I knew if you made a mistake in one there were still another two to go. The best bit about the production was the audience’s reactions as we performed in the street - it felt fun to be dressed in a Roman toga with everyone staring at you!
When I performed my scene at The Other Place it was thrilling to act on an RSC stage. To actually be saying the line, "Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war!" is an exhilarating feeling (I sometimes shout it out when I’m walking down the road)!
But what makes the whole experience so special is the fact we shared and watched other schools’ performances. I have been reliving Julius Caesar moments ever since!
Words: Eve, Bridgetown Primary