Audiences at Bedford School's Quarry Theatre gathered over three nights to delight in the story of Romeo and Juliet; this adaptation was set against a backdrop of a fictional, post-apocalyptic war-ravaged 1985. Shakespeare’s famous story was a collaboration, played out by a hugely talented cast of pupils from Bedford School, Bedford Girls’ School, Mark Rutherford Secondary School and Samuel Whitbread Academy. This powerful rendition came to an end to rapturous applause from the packed audience.
This was no ordinary production of Shakespeare’s famous story of love, rivalry, obsession and death. It was haunting, arousing and eerie, yet the characters came across with warmth and feeling. It is hard to believe that this was performed by school children; the production, music, lighting and acting were awe-inspiring, inspirational and quite sublime.
Head of Academic Drama at Bedford School, Antoinette Keylock said, “All three performances of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ were outstanding. This production effectively conveyed the Shakespearean language with maturity and fluidity. I am immensely proud of all the cast and thoroughly delighted with the end result. The feedback from staff and the wider community has been overwhelmingly positive. The project was a real collaborative effort by the four schools involved and I would like to thank Bedford School music teachers Mr Rooke and Mr Bantock for their beautiful music score.”
The making of this performance was no easy ride for the young actors. Back in November, Bedford School had to slightly recast the show due to unforeseen circumstances. The cast however rose to the challenge and showed copious amounts of commitment and resilience, with a desire to portray this story perfectly. From psychedelic dancing to convincing fight scenes, to the sound of a gun-shot that penetrated to the core of the audience at that tragic end, the production was a masterpiece.