Many congratulations to the cast and crew of Stroud High School on their fantastic production! I’d like to highlight a few things from this group that stood out, wowed the audience and made this Shakespeare Schools Festival night an evening to remember.
It was brilliant to see the cast perform this play with such integrity and truth. I was so impressed by your professionalism as a company, and from the director to the performers, it was clear that the entire production was a true ensemble effort. The whole cast had a fantastic grasp of Shakespearian language and delivered your lines with great clarity and comprehension. You fully committed to your characters, both vocally and physically, which meant that we were really invested the characters’ emotional journeys. Rarely have I seen such believable relationships in this play!
Your energy throughout the production was outstanding – you drove the story along at a great pace, which had your audience captivated from start to finish. The ease with which you propelled us from moments of tension and conflict, such as Mercutio’s death, to scenes of tragedy and great poignancy, with the two families united in their grief, was a real testament to your skill and resulted in a rich and textured production.
I was so impressed with the level of ownership you demonstrated throughout this whole process. You took to the stage with great authority, giving us brave, bold and emotionally mature performances. This was a wonderfully truthful and moving Romeo and Juliet from a strong, empowered company.
“It's a significant achievement to do something as difficult and aspirational as perform one of Shakespeare's plays on a professional stage. Everyone who's taken part should be so proud of themselves.” Ruth Brock, SSF Chief Executive
I would like to congratulate everyone involved in this superb production. I hope to see your school in the Festival again next year.
SSF Stage Director