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Play that shall not be mentioned stuns audiences

Published: April 9, 2019

Cornwall College St Austell 16-18

Local Acting students have bewitched and shocked audiences in St Austell recently with their killer performance of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

After eight weeks of living and breathing ‘the Scottish play’, the students took the show on the local road with incredibly positive responses.

Performing for pupils at Brannel, Penrice and Fowey Secondary Schools, Poltair students walked the short distance up to the Cornwall College campus to watch the captivating performance in the Keay Theatre.

Performing Arts Lecturer Lydia Day explained that the students produced the piece from scratch.

“All of the work towards their tour has been their own, from liaising with our local schools, conducting vocal warm ups on the mini bus, set, lighting and sound design, costume, and programmes, the list of work they have put in is extensive,” she said.

“Touring is always tough, with gruelling schedules, quick turn arounds and adaptations in varying venues. They have been unified through it all, supporting each other and working as a professional touring company – I’m incredibly proud of them.”

The students even borrowed a theatrical firearm that fires blanks from Sterts Theatre, Bodmin. The gun produced a tremendous sound and gave the audience an added dramatic element resulting in an intense and emotive scene.

Acting Student Sophie Filbey said that Shakespeare certainly isn’t “easy to study” and although it was “testing at times” they were determined to rise to the challenge.

“We’ve enjoyed the freedom to make our own interpretation on the piece and the characters involved,” she explained.

“This experience has given us an amazing insight into the performing arts industry and we hope that we encouraged our school audiences to get more involved in both English and creative subjects such as drama.”

After Easter the students are straight back into rehearsals preparing for their end of year piece which will be a musical. More details will be released closer to the performance.

For more information on the range of Performing Arts courses call 0330 123 2523.

Photo Credits – Richard Squire, Cornwall College

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