On the 26th February, 2019, students from the high school literature groups at The International Helderberg School visited Maynardville to attend a production of the Shakespeare ‘Historical’ play ‘Richard III’.
Based on my opinions and comments from others I have spoken to, the play was enjoyed immensely, due in no small part to a brilliant, star-studded cast, including comedian Alan Committie who proves himself a phenomenal ‘serious’ actor in addition to his comic prowess.
It was also an excellent introduction, for some of the younger students, to the work of Shakespeare. The visual aid of seeing a Shakespeare play in action, as well as the relatively easy-to-follow plot, will surely stand them in good stead once they begin studying Romeo and Juliet later this year – they will have already been exposed to the archaic grammar and diction of the Elizabethan era, and will perhap forgo the misconception of Shakespeare being boring and impossible to understand.
If you yourself are interested in seeing the play, it will remain ‘on circuit’ at the Maynardville Open Air Theatre until Saturday the 9th of March. We at the International School recommend a online platform such as Computicket or Quicket for bookings.
Written By: Vincent Arnaud