For over a decade the RSC has been taking these First Encounters productions - which are edited versions of the plays performed using Shakespeare’s original language - on the road into the heart of communities.
Directed and edited by Alex Thorpe, and primarily aimed at 7-13 year olds, the production will feature a gender-split cast of eight actors and actor-musicians.
A key feature of the First Encounters productions is that they could not take place without the involvement and engagement of the audiences and local community they are visiting. Young people from St Mary’s College and eight other local schools will be directly involved in the production, with a team of up to twenty pupils performing an edited version of one of the play’s opening speeches, in which Egeon explains how he became separated from his wife and one of his twin sons. The school will also be invited to decorate parts of the set ahead of the RSC’s visit to create a sense of their hometown.
Ged Fitzpatrick, Executive Headteacher of St Mary’s College and CEO St Cuthbert’s Trust said: ‘As a World Class School we are delighted to provide our students with the opportunity to work with another world class organisation, The Royal Shakespeare Company. What is really exciting about this project though is that young people will not just watch an incredible production but will become part of the RSC’s ensemble. Working alongside the professional cast they will be integral to the performance and therefore be provided with an insight into future careers in the arts industry. Importantly though, this is a clear indication of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s belief in the abilities and talents of the young people of Hull.’
The public performance is at 7pm on Tuesday 27th November. Tickets can be purchased from the school or will be available from Hull Box Office.