On Monday the 27th March 2017, Key Stage Two were treated to the Young Shakespeare’s Company’s wonderful performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The West Lodge children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the five piece group’s interpretation of this Shakespearean classic. Our children were extremely keen to take part in the story when given particular roles. They also enjoyed witnessing very talented actors and actresses perform. The Young Shakespeare Company have been visiting West Lodge annually for a number of years now and we believe this organisation achieves the balance between fun and purposeful learning that we strive for superbly. We look forward to their next performance in 2018.
‘If I be waspish, best beware my sting.’ – Katherina the shrew.
On Thursday 23rd March, Years 5 and 6 along with some parents and governors went to London to watch Jacqueline Defferary’s abridged version of The Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare’s Globe. Both classes had read the story the week before and were excited to see a live performance despite the chilly temperatures and the distraction of the entertaining pigeons. Like the majority of the young audience, there were times when West Lodge found the action more engaging than the confusing dialogue, but overall they came away with a thirst for live theatre and a better understanding of one of Shakespeare’s lesser known stories. Mr Sandys, Mr Weighill and Ms Barrett look forward to seeing the work the children produce as a result of this brilliant opportunity. A huge thank you to parent volunteers and governors who accompanied the children on this school trip. Your efforts are valued and appreciated.
“I enjoyed my day at the Globe! I liked watching the funny scenes and finding out which wife was most obedient.” – Isaac, Year 5.
“The day was lots of fun and I found it really exciting! My favourite part was when Petruchio and Katherina got married.” – Ruby, Year 5
“My favourite part of the performance was when all of the actors were dancing together on stage at the end. It was exciting for me because I like Shakespeare and found the day lots of fun!” – Alice, Year 5
Mr Weighill – Head of English and Director of Studies
We would like to say congratulations to Years 3 and 4 for their wonderful production of “Alice, the Musical”. Many have commented on how professional the children were and how they each shone in their unique roles. We are very proud of the children and commend them on their hard work practising their lines and songs in the weeks prior to the performances.
Special thanks go out to Mrs Slater who worked extremely hard on the songs and on the soloists. Thanks also go to Miss Barrett, Mrs Calland, Mrs Oliver-Brown, Mrs Allen and Mrs Maddern for their magical scenery, complete with cards and mushroom!
Here are just some of the comments the children made when reflecting on their production:
“I loved the play it was very exciting, laughable and suitable for all ages.”
Joanna O, Year 4
“I liked how the dances were performed, and I thought it was great how well the costumes went with the characters.”
Ollie W, Year 4
“I loved the scene with the Mad Hatter in because it was total nonsense!”
Lewis B, Year 4
“My favourite song was ‘Who Stole the Tarts’ and my favourite scene was when Alice met the caterpillar.”
Eddie G, Year 4
“The play was awesome, I really loved it. The scenery was amazing and my favourite part was ‘All in a Golden Afternoon’. Mrs Coleman and Miss Ayling really helped us, and thanks to Mrs Slater, Mrs Newell, Miss Barrett and Mrs Calland for all their help.”
Joseph H, Year 4
Once again, well done!
Mrs Coleman and Miss Ayling