Tempest Triumph for RSC at Launceston College
‘Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises, Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not…’
Over 400 students, parents, staff and members of the local community watched performances of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, performed by actors from the Royal Shakespeare Company on Tuesday 21st February. For the lunchtime matinee, the Old Hall was transformed into Prospero’s magical island, and students from St. Catherine’s, Pensilva and St. Kew schools were present, as well as a full range of year groups from Launceston College. The evening performance was sold out, and more seating was added at the last minute to accommodate high demand! One student commented ‘I haven’t stopped telling my mum how fantastic they were. I know this is what I want to do with my life.’ There were memorable performances, especially from Ariel, whose other worldly strangeness was brilliantly captured. Caliban appeared as a camouflaged semi-military monster, desperate to escape Prospero’s charge. A magical evening, which demonstrates the widening access to Shakespeare performance spearheaded by our involvement with the RSC’s Learning and Performance Network.