The Tempest at the Barbican

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On Thursday 13th July 2017 we took our GCSE drama students to see the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of the Tempest at the Barbican Centre, London.

Shakespeare’s The Tempest is the GCSE drama set text, so seeing this production really brought the text to life. Plays are meant to be seen and not read.

Students were blown away by the amazing special effects in this larger than life production. The RSC collaborated with ‘Intel’ to ensure that this production had state of the art visual effects.  The shipwreck in the opening scene felt incredibly real and fully immersive. One student said “I felt like I was actually on the ship. I was really expecting to get soaked. It felt so real. It was very clever!”

Due to the amazing visual effects Ariel was able to float across the stage. Another student said “The special effects really brought the magical world of the Tempest alive.”

The students were exceptionally well behaved and thoroughly enjoyed seeing their set text performed on the Barbican stage.

My favourite character was Trinculo, his costume was really cool and the actor was very funny. It was the way I imagined the character should be performed.”

“My favourite character was Ariel because he was very lively and cheeky.”

“After seeing the Tempest performed I understand the play so much better and this will really help me with the GCSE written exam next year”

Students are looking forward to discussing this production further in their lessons and they will be writing a live theatre review over the summer holidays on this production.

Miss K Henderson,
Drama Dept.