Shakespeare with a twist at Lathallan


Junior School pupils at Lathallan School, Johnshaven, headed back to 1981 for their production of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ performing at the school for two nights on last week.

This year, for the first time, their production was staged in the round.

This particular style of presentation enabled them to experiment with new ideas and allowed each member of the audience to have a different and individual view of the action.

The alternative setting naturally meant that the layout of the theatre was considerably different from the norm in that the audience were seated round the actors.

There were references to the Royal Wedding of that year, Mrs Thatcher makes an appearance and punk rock fairies were all the imaginative creation of Mr Adrian Page, Head of Junior School Drama.

Music from Bucks Fizz and Blondie brought the characters to life.

Last year’s production was ‘Shrewed’ based on Taming of the Shrew set in the wild west and the year before saw the ‘Twelth Night’ set in 1940’s wartime.

Each year the Junior play allows a huge collaboration across the pupils, staff and parents. This year was no different as they sourced 1981 style costumes, built sets, style hair and make-up and even teachers and members of staff were dressed from the era.