Treviglas has completed a three year partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Learning Performance Network (LPN). The LPN has seen many fantastic opportunities for the students and community of Treviglas.
We have staged four productions of Shakespeare’s plays: Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet, all of which received overwhelmingly positive feedback from audiences (Macbeth was seen by 2000 people) and two of which toured to other Cornish schools. Our students, and those from some of our partner schools, have performed in Stratford upon Avon, and at Hall for Cornwall, and Treviglas has hosted performances by the RSC that have ben enjoyed and celebrated by our community.
In 2016, Treviglas became a Lead Associate School for the RSC, one of only 10 in the country. This new partnership has already seen us forming links with other schools around the county. Teachers are working together to develop and embed RSC inspired teaching strategies to bring Shakespeare to life for our students, and students from around Cornwall. Some of our students are travelling to Stratford for an incredible work experience opportunity, and the RSC are, once again, bringing a performance to Treviglas.
In addition to the work with the RSC, our drama students regularly perform at Hall for Cornwall, most recently as part of the National Theatre’s Connections 500 project. Our musicians, most notably the college’s steel band, The Steelers, regularly play in the community, around Cornwall, and even at national music festivals. Our dancers too have performed around the county, as well as in our productions, and our annual dance showcase, Spectrum, is a fantastic celebration of students and community dance.
“Treviglas’ Macbeth was a “Wonderful show! What an opportunity for so many young people to create an impressive and vibrant piece of theatre.”
Drama students at Treviglas work closely with the RSC; including performances at the college and the RSC, workshops with the actors and the chance to tread the boards in Stratford-upon-Avon.
As the RSC’s Hub school we work closely with local primaries in the area to afford them the opportunity to get involved in taking part in drama workshops and watching the Royal Shakespeare Company performances.
In 2013 and 2014 drama students staged an incredible production of Macbeth, taking the show on tour to other schools in the county.
Midsummer Nights Dream
Coming as the finale of the college’s second year as a lead Hub school for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Learning Performance Network, the show was watched by over 600 people, including local primary school students, and has received overwhelmingly positive reviews. One audience member commented, “I never thought I would say this about Shakespeare, but that was fantastic!”
The cast delivered every night! The ‘lovers’ of the play, played by Luke Hopkins and Lewis Grimshaw, Melanie Whitehead-Smith, Amelia Old and Kira Terry, mixed passion with comedy to great effect. Fairyland was led by wonderful performances from Keziah Bunyan, powerful as Oberon, Sophie Howard who brought grace and beauty as Titania, and a mischievous Puck played brilliantly by Chloe Conibear-Donaghy. They were supported by feisty fairies and dazzling dancers, resplendent in neon netting tutus!
The ‘rude mechanicals’ were played to huge comedic effect and much hilarity, led by Jody Audley as their director, with Sam Pritchard and Elliot Sevier (Thisby and Bottom/ Pyramus respectively) who had the audiences aching with laughter.