On the 14th of February, Valentine’s Day, Year 9 and 10 went to Plymouth Theatre Royal to see Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’. As this was the last day of term we were allowed to wear mufti and we travelled together by train, accompanied by Ms Shields and Mr Docherty.
My favourite part of the play was near the end of the first half when Malvolio found the trick letter and all the statues kept moving, said Lucy. I enjoyed it when they pretended to do a boxing match instead of a duel, added Rebecca. Neither of the characters wanted to fight but they were forced to.
I liked the music and the jazz they played at the beginning of Act Two, commented Mattie. The fact that all the music was played live on stage added to the atmosphere, they even used glasses to make sound effects. I also enjoyed Feste’s singing; he performed with an Irish accent which was very effective.
Bijan thought Sir Andrew Aguecheek, the weedy knight, was the best character; he was dressed in crazy boxing shorts for the duel, with his hair all spiked up. I liked Sir Toby Belch, added Sam; he played the part of a drunk well and was very funny.
The costumes were excellent, commented Ollie, they gave a vivid idea of the characters’ personalities. However, it was a bit confusing at the start when Viola and Sebastian – her brother -were dressed exactly the same in grey suits. The masks the characters wore on stage when they were playing the part of the chorus were quite strange and a bit creepy. But the fact that they were all male actors, even playing the female roles, was very entertaining and gave the performance a funny twist.