The Ark Drama Festival producing great performances that involve students from Ark Elvin, Walworth, Wembley & Putney Academy
The Drama department have been busy over the last few weeks, performing our version of Shakespeare Julius Caesar. The play shows how Senators fear Caesar wants to be king and destroy the republic. They persuade his friend Brutus to join a plot to kill him at the Senate. However Caesar ignores the warnings of a sooth-sayer and his wife, Calpurnia, to go to the Senate where he is indeed murdered. Caesar’s friend, Mark Antony, persuades Brutus to let him speak at Caesar’s funeral where he stirs the crowd to civil war.
Emotional strain leads Portia, Brutus’ wife, to commit suicide. In the final battle between Antony and Caesar’s nephew on the one side, and Brutus and Cassius on the other, Brutus and Cassius kill themselves.
Set against a 1960’s background pupils were able to practically explore the works of Shakespeare through the means of Drama, identifying performance skills, performing in front of a large audience as well as production elements such as costume, lighting and sound.
Pupils involved performed as part of the Shakespeare School Festival at the professional theatre of the Artsdepot, and also the very first Ark Drama festival performed at Ark Elvin.
The Drama department would like to say a fantastic well done to all pupils involved in what was a fantastic performance on both nights!