THE cast of Romeo and Juliet performed an awe-inspiring piece of theatre at St Mary’s Catholic School, in Bishop’s Stortford, last week.
Faced with an unedited version of the Shakespeare tragedy, most would crumble at the thought, but not this group of students. They took the words in their stride and performed over three nights with such conviction and true meaning to the text.
Every performer had a command of the language and created an influential and masterful piece of theatre. The fact that they had minimal props and costumes only enhanced the performance, as the raw talent of the pupils was displayed, and the audience immersed in the tragedy of the tale.
The tender moments between Romeo and Juliet, the comical moments from the nurse, the passionate performance of the Friar and the aggression of the warring families of Capulet and Montague showed just how diverse and gifted these young actors are. Director Steve Horne, subject leader for drama at St Mary’s, has praised the commitment and talent of the young actors who rehearsed for nine months to make the production a success.