It was the third year that Broadclyst have participated in the annual Shakespeare School’s Festival. Students from Year 5 performed ‘The Comedy of Errors’ as part of the festival this year at the Exeter Phoenix on Thursday 15th November and at Torquay’s Princess Theatre on Tuesday 20th November. The festival itself has been running for 18 years and allows primary and secondary schools to perform 30 minute versions the Bard’s most famous works on a professional stage.
‘The Comedy of Errors’ is a play all about mistaken identity and the cast had great run telling the story with the support of sparkly costumes and 70s disco tunes. The cast have been rehearsing since September, giving up weekends and afternoons to ensure the play’s success. On the big nights themselves, the cast shared the stage with other local schools and saw performances ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Macbeth’ and ‘King Lear’.
At the end of the performance the staff from the SSF give each cast an appraisal in front of the audience. ‘The Comedy of Errors’ was described as the most joyous piece they had seen in any theatre. They also commented on the how clearly the story had been told – which is not always an easy task with Shakespeare! The staff were hugely impressed by the professionalism and maturity shown by the cast at all times. One parent said ‘You could tell that every single child on the stage was having the time of their lives and every one of them had their moment to shine!’. Aurelia Cassap, who was part of the cast said ‘I am just so sad it is all over, I have loved every minute!’. Well done cast of ‘The Comedy of Errors’, you blew us all away!