I’d like to say a sincere well done to everyone involved with this wonderful production, and to encourage anyone who enjoys musical comedy and supporting the young talent of our Island to go and see it – from an audience member who went away singing and looking forward to the next SWYT show!
“…the show’s strength really lies in the talent and dedication of the whole cast,…”
All I can say to sum up, in the words of grumpy journalist Simon Sparks (a marvellous cameo from Leo Fitzpatrick) is “I don’t often say this, but I give it six stars.”
In fact, there are far more than six stars in this show – every one of the students (and a couple of teachers!) on stage, and every one of the production team behind it is a star!
Thank you to Shakespeare Schools Festival, the teacher-directors and the casts for creating a pleasant evening of theatre. The three casts were extremely impressive!
“… a brilliant performance by Binstead Primary School”
“… highly engaging with a unique theme that showed ‘Macbeth’ in a new light” (The Island Free School)
“… always very ambitious with their themes and this year was no different… highly engaging and comedic” (Medina College).
The Island Free School drama department took ton a sizeable challenge with this play and made it their own. With strong dramatic and comedy performances, and excellent technical stage craft abound, it was clear that everybody was well rehearsed, enjoying themselves and proud to be involved.
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