A2 Drama and Theatre Studies students with the actor Tony Jayawardena.
A2 Drama and Theatre Studies students recently attended a ground breaking RSC production of ‘The Tempest’, at The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Directed by Gregory Doran and in collaboration with Intel, the theatre performance used advanced technology to create a ‘magical and unforgettable experience’.
In preparation for their final A-Level written exam, the second year drama students will need to compare the original 17th century performance conditions to that of the 21st century. Course manager, Judy Preston commented "Needless to say, there will be a great deal to compare!”
Following the performance, accompanying tutor, Carla St. Louis, arranged for the students to have a surprise introduction to the actor Tony Jayawardena, who played the character Stephano. Huddled around the ‘Backstage’ door, students were both excited and somewhat stunned by Tony’s giving of his time in responding to the many questions directed to him. Alongside other actors who stopped to ask ‘Did you enjoy the show?’ was renowned RSC and National Theatre thespian Simon Russell Beale (who played Prospero) who greeted the students with a warm smile and encouraging words.