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The play has inspired me to visit the theatre

On Sunday April 17th BISL students from Year 8 and Year 12, along with teachers and parents, were privileged to experience “a completely unprecedented theatrical adventure”. This unique event was a performance of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet at Ljubljana’s National Theatre, performed by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre company; one of the final performances of a two- year tour, called Globe to Globe Hamlet, which has had the incredible aim of taking Hamlet to audiences of every country in the world. With excellent performances all around, the actors took the audience smoothly and expertly through the complex, disturbing tragedy of Hamlet whilst also creating a sense and vision of the actors themselves as world-travelling performers.

The tour began on April 23rd 2014 to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, and finished in the UK on April 23rd of this year, the 450th anniversary of his death. The travelling players performed on every continent, in 195 countries, with performances for all manner of audiences in all sorts of circumstances, including shows in five refugee camps. Many awards were won along the way, including one by UNESCO “in recognition of the tour’s engagement with local communities and promotion of cultural education”.

Here are a few words from our Year 8 students on what they thought of their experience of seeing Hamlet performed live:

‘Great atmosphere created by actors.’ Adrian

‘Such an emotional play. Excitement and tension!’ Iva

‘A very interesting, engaging performance.’ Iza

‘A very well summarised play with great actors who showed the right amount of emotion and engaged with the audience throughout the whole play. The play has inspired me to visit the theatre more often.’ Kaja

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