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Something Wicked Review

On the 4th December 2015 years 7 and 8 went to watch the play “Something Wicked” performed by years 7, 8 and 9 of the Royal Grammar School. Here we were delighted by a group of highly praised actors.

 The first of the two Shakespearean plays performed was “The Scottish Play” which was an obvious choice owing to the title of the performance. The actors knew their lines like they had been born with them and the lighting was used to a splendidly spooky effect.

    The use of Shakespearean language was a splendid contrast to the more modern costumes that they wore with the King of Scotland regally dressed in a splendid suit and bow tie. The second play of Richard the Third had the use of both guns and swords confused many people.

    Macbeth’s main actor was absolutely sensational. The role of Banquo played by Philip Bowler was a great part for him with a startlingly scary performance of the visit of the dead Banquo's ghost was a show of what fine actors the play included with a realistic performance of what a man who saw a hallucination would look like.

    The props were a high point of the play with a wine bottle being used and a most realistic plastic wine glass, which, when Lady Macbeth dropped the glass we braced ourselves and we were sure that it would smash open on the floor.

    What surprised me was that there was no stage. The bare floor was what the actors used. It wasn't even a thrust stage and the only bit of stage was that the small bit that surrounded the throne that, for Macbeth, was adorned with skulls.

    My favourite bit of the two plays was the very beginning when the lights all switched off so all we could see was a faint face. The lights came on and I got a shock because of the hideous mask of the weird witches. My favourite character was Richard the Third whose “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse” was a brilliantly said quote that would please any director.

By C Bishop.

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