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Congratulations to the GB Women's Junior Quad, stroked by Flo Pickles, year 13, on their Bronze medal at the Junior World Rowing Championships. The medal caps an amazing year that has seen Flo, formerly of Evesham Rowing Club, win a string of races with the Gloucester Hartpury quadruple scull including the U23s national title, Henley Women's and Henley Royal. In the single scull Flo won the Junior GB Trials in April, came 5th in Junior Europeans in May and is the reserve sculler for the Youth Olympics. Flo's endeavours were recognised in March with a Sportsaid award.
25-28/1/14 – spontaneous weekend rehearsal, amongst others
Netra’s mother stood in as Caesar at a spontaneous weekend rehearsal of some pivotal scenes. Meanwhile, the entire play has now been blocked.
Things were getting vicious at the point of Caesar’s death...
The entire cast partake in Brutus and Mark Antony’s famous speeches...
...whilst the conspirators look on in horror.
The students have been spending any time practicing, whether their lines or their fighting skills.
The cast have also rapidly learnt standard army drill for the final battle, with some hilarious results.
Here’s the link to the Julius Caesar trailer:
Make sure you book your tickets!
24/1/14 – first full cast rehearsal!
Today, for the first time, the entire cast met together to rehearse the opening of the play.
We began by rehearsing the new dance (see entry two) with our Caesar and his ladies – John certainly seemed to enjoy posing for his fans.
The entire costume team have also been working hard together to translate this Shakespearean tragedy to a modern school setting.
The cast have been absorbed in a tense scene between Brutus and Cassius...
And remember – beware the Ides of March!
23/01/2014 – rehearsal 2
Today we began choreography for the performance – Joe had some interesting ideas which he seemed keen to instate...
However Mr. Derbyshire had some ideas of his own...
Minty enjoyed stepping in as Julius Caesar, being fabulous as ever. The introduction of a photographer is part of this modern adaptation.
On the music front, Mr. Derbyshire has composed two a capella scores – Julius Chant and the Wailing Women – both of which we attempted to run through today.
And finally – the blocking of Mark Antony’s speech! This involved standing on the audience’s chairs and throwing them around, amidst much anger and shouting.
This is already shaping up to be an exciting, refreshing adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy (hint hint go and book your tickets now!)
22/1/14 – first rehearsal!!!
This production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar is set in the modern day in Sixth Form life, and is to be an example of promenade theatre...
more updates on this in practice will follow! As a bloody and ferocious tragedy, we anticipate vicious fighting, many heartbreaking death scenes and an inordinate volume of fake blood.
A few days after being handed parts and scripts, our first (impromptu) rehearsal went ahead – and what on earth has been going on???
George has had enough already...
Our resident Cassius, Charlie Powell, had to fight the urge to constantly pose whilst blocking our first scenes... George and Ollie enjoyed mocking this.
Netra seems to have taken to the role of task master extremely well...
All work so far has been utterly fabulous, which we hope will continue over the next two and a half weeks!
Make sure to book your tickets now on the homepage of the school website – 6th - 9th February!