On 20th September, 2013 the Drama department were delighted to take the Year 11 GCSE Drama cohort to the National Theatre, London, to see Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear in William Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’. Having studied the characters, themes and plot in their lessons, the students were very keen to see the tale of jealousy and rivalry retold on such a prestigious stage.
Their standing ovation and rapturous applause was just a small inkling into how much they enjoyed seeing such an engaging and talented cast perform in the more contemporary army base setting. The chemistry between Lester as Othello and Kinnear as the manipulative Iago was intriguing: there was a complicated struggle for supremacy as Iago watches his former friend and rival descend into a bitter decline of jealousy and rage. This, in contrast to the innocence of Desdemona and the clumsy pomposity of Roderigo provided the perfect components for our Drama students to review this as part of their GCSE examination.
As always, our pupils were a real credit to themselves, the Department and Kings’ School. A great evening, enjoyed by all.
“A brilliant show, I thought the set and music were great and the performance of ‘Othello’ was very intense and dramatic. I loved it!”
Lyndon Cook Year 11 GCSE Drama
“The performance was brilliant from start to finish. I thought the competition between Othello and Iago was great, especially during Othello’s collapse into insanity”
Kayla Leeson Year 11 GCSE Drama
“The music and staging during the fight scenes was brilliant. The final few scenes when Othello finds out the truth were very intense, a great show!”
Harry Lugard Year 11 GCSE Drama