The year 12 English literature students had a highly successful trip to Stratford Upon Avon on Saturday 6th July, to see their set text Measure for Measure performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
We travelled by coach to Stratford, getting out of our beds early on Saturday to make the 8.15 start. Thankfully there were no delays and we reached Stratford in plenty of time to have a very entertaining and informative 90 minute lecture on the play’s history in performance. This was delivered by Dr Nick Walton, senior lecturer at the Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust. He explored in depth the ambiguities present in this famous ‘problem’ play and how different actors over time have chosen to play the main characters of Isabella, Angelo and Duke Vincentio. We then had a very quick lunch before watching the performance at the Waterside Theatre. We were also able to look out for various interpretations that Nick pointed out in his lecture. This really was an excellent production, making it very clear why Samuel Johnson’s quotation on Shakespeare that he is ‘not of an age but for all time’ still holds true. After the play we then went back to the Trust for a tour of Shakespeare’s birth house (please note the photo of the bed where he might have been born!). We then thankfully, had another straight through run back to Altrincham, arriving at 7.30pm. An intense but knowledge rich day. The students as ever were impeccable. We can all look forward to seeing the play again for revision and enjoyment when it comes to The Lowry in October. I thoroughly recommend it!