Shakespeare’s plays through performance has become an established way at Oundle
of introducing the dramatic aspects of the texts and this week The Stahl Theatre
hosted the 7th annual Second Form (Year 8) Shakespeare Day.
of English, Tim Hipperson commented, “Each
class performed a version of a play, abridged by the class teacher, and
demonstrated how successfully place and character can be conveyed on an open
by English teacher and musician Ben Raudnitz on the guitar, Declan Boyle (Sir
Toby Belch) and Sophie Lee (Malvolio) led with assurance a lively ensemble
cast in the creation of the trickery and chaos of the festival piece, Twelfth
Night. Zoe Onyett, as Olivia, projected a calm solemnity in contrast to the
humorous and rowdy revellers. The class on stage generated much energy.
followed a performance of Macbeth which thoroughly changed the mood. The
whole cast, each with a part, stood in a circle around the main action and
created a much more sinister and ominous tone. Ralph Johnston (Macbeth) and
Phillippa Bourne (Lady Macbeth) were well supported by Henry Potter, Morgan
Richards and the witches (Hiromi Taylor, Electra Winter, Katherine Timofeeva
and Harriet Spencer).
final group up demonstrated the pace that is essential for comedy in their
performance of The Taming of the Shrew.
Swift exits and entrances and the speed of the plot were firmly established. The
class was led well by the main performers, in this case Ollie James as
Petruchio and Lily- Rose Tebbutt as Katherina, but the ensemble acting,
particularly in the final banquet scene, was sharply delivered.
(12) who played Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night commented, “I really enjoyed Shakespeare Day; the rehearsals were fun and
challenging because we had to speak in Old English so we did not always
understand our lines but acting and creating our character's personality made
it more understandable. I learned a lot of new acting skills such as the more
still you are, the more power you display to the audience.”
concluded, “Across all three sets, the
command of Shakespeare’s verse was assured. The enthusiasm and enjoyment were
ever evident, and the depth of talent a delight. Casting of Robin Hood, the
First and Second Form (Year 7 and 8) play, begins soon and it is clear there
are plenty of keen actors in the Second Form.”
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Background Information on Oundle School
School is situated in the quintessentially English Market town from which it
takes its name. The School's buildings, dating from the seventeenth to the
twenty-first century, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large
extent, its campus.
School's history goes back to 1556 when Sir William Laxton, Master of the
Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded
the original Oundle Grammar School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876,
the Grocers' Company decided to divide the School into two parts: Laxton
Grammar School, mainly for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School,
mainly for pupils from further afield. However, to mark the new millennium, the
Governing Body decided to reunite the two schools under the common name of
Oundle School, with Laxton as a House for day-pupils.
School is now able to offer a range of educational possibilities to meet
contemporary needs: co-educational day or boarding education, with Laxton
Junior as a 4-11 day school, and Oundle School as a boarding and day school,
with entry at 11, 13 or into the Sixth Form.