FOR a fourth year running, Bridlington School Youth Theatre students have performed on a professional stage.
This year, students performed an adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’ at the Hull Truck Theatre - after last year returning to the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough with their ‘Dr Who’ style, ‘Twelfth Night’.
The theatre group performed the original play ‘Venetia and The Merchant of Venice,’ an imaginative adaptation of Shakespeare’s work, which involved a failing dating agency and a loan shark, as part of the National Theatre’s Shakespeare School’s Festival.
With a traditional opening of masked characters and baroque music, the audience was then treated to a modern day celebration with Jon Paul Young’s, ‘Love is in the air’.
The play’s classic casket scene was cleverly put together with a specially choreographed dance.
Prior to the performance, the group attended a drama workshop at the theatre with Royal Shakespeare Company actors.
At the performance last month, members of the Youth Theatre worked in rehearsal rooms and got involved in drama activities including voice exercises and character work, all to boost confidence in performing.
Members of the National Theatre said that Bridlington School students had delivered “an outstanding performance”, and that “the students handling of Shakespeare’s language was excellent...the modern day setting made the play interesting and completely understandable”.