S3 Trip English to Stratford-upon-Avon
- Published: Monday, 28 September 2015 10:39
‘May I with right and conscience make this claim?’
So says Shakespeare’s youthful but determined King Henry, as he prepares to renew the old dynastic claim to the throne of France.
Shakespeare’s story follows the young king’s rise and rise, as he leaves behind his ‘greener days’ and becomes a mighty warrior and inspirational leader.
Gregory Doran continues his exploration of Shakespeare's History cycle with Henry V performed in the six hundredth anniversary year of the Battle of Agincourt. Following his performance as Hal in Henry IV Parts I & II Alex Hassell returns as Henry V, and does sterling work, particularly as he cleverly woos the French Princess – Katherine – at the play’s denouement.
All in all this was a great experience for our S3 students, and the comic aspects of the play in particular provided a new life and understanding that isn’t always possible when studying a play text in class; I think it’s fair to say that the students and staff alike returned home weary but inspired.