10C had a fantastic experience at the Young Vic and thoroughly enjoyed an innovative production of Twelfth Night which was directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah.
Below is a photo of 10C outside the Young Vic before the performance.
Below they 10C are in front of the stage at the end of the performance
Bacon's were delighted to also be offered a free technical workshop by the Young Vic where some of the students who saw the production were able to work directly with the production team who created Twelfth Night. Below is a photo of Shauden as the Stage Manager!
In the following photo Darcey works her magic as the Lighting Designer
Below Jay and Grace take over the role of two of the actors at the beginning of the play
The set design was epic and recreated a sense of Notting Hill at carnival time
Jay plays one of the characters who get the street party going at the beginning of the play
Below Jimmy performs one of the key opening lines by Duke Orsino "If music be the food of love, play on".
Below Alex plays the driver who leads the funeral procession
At the end of the technical rehearsal they also met Kwame Kwei-Armah who is the Artistic Director of the Young Vic.
A Review of Twelfth Night
by Shauden, Year 10
As part of my GCSE Drama course I went to see Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the Young Vic and it was like no play that I've seen before. I felt engaged in the story throughout the entire show and at points I even hoped that the experience would last for twelve nights! The atmosphere of the theatre as you entered was astonishing. We were welcomed by upbeat music and food which created this sense of joy. Adrenaline was clearly surging through everyone in the audience. This automatically intrigued us and built anticipation about how the play would unfold.
What was also very noticeable to me was the momentum and pace used in the play. This technique was well suited to the musical genre that the play used. It felt as if the songs would smoothly segue into the next scene. Both the singing and dancing were beautifully choreographed and only enhanced the acting. The dynamic roster of characters in the play was also incredible as every character was distinctive and different. By the end, I felt as if I knew the cast almost like they were friends.
At the end I remember leaving the theatre being shocked by the fact that the play was written by Shakespeare. This production challenged my views about Shakespeare because it showed me another side of Shakespeare and drama itself. Another strength of the production was its diversity because cast were from different ethnic backgrounds, different ages and some were professional actors but others were community actors.
As part of the trip we also took part in a technical theatre workshop where we became lighting and sound designers. We were also given the opportunity to be the stage manager for the production. One of my peers Jimmy, who also does GCSE Drama said that “it was an invaluable experience because we got to see what happens behind the scenes”. Dylan (another drama student) said “it made me inspired because I felt like a star on such a big stage – it was mesmerising”.
Overall the production and the technical theatre workshop were an outstanding experience and I feel really invigorated by both experiences. I know that they will help me in the future with my GCSE Drama course.