Shakespeare

East Norfolk Sixth Form College, Gorleston

East Norfolk Sixth Form College, Gorleston

The performing arts students, inspired by dedicated teacher Caroline Niddrie-Webb, presented an exciting evening of contrasts in the college hall.

The all-Shakespeare programme opened with a clever re-working of Richard III in which the power struggle took place in a business consortium.

The text was skilfully abridged to emphasise the dastardly deeds of the villainous anti-hero, who was convincingly interpreted by Joel Curtis. From the outset this gripping adaptation held the audience enthralled. The drowning of Clarence was imaginatively depicted and the seduction of Lady Anne was very convincing. The final scene was to some extent an unexpected climax, showing the death of Richard by shooting.

Following the tragedy, an abridged version of As You Like It brought a welcome touch of light relief.

The intoxicating performance by the jolly Touchstone (Jamie Brown) and his lover Audrey (Sarah Kingston) almost stopped the show.

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A performance of The Taming of The Shrew concluded this memorable evening of drama in which so much burgeoning talent was evident. After such a delightful evening, the audience were loath to depart. All wish the talented students every possible success in their careers.

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