Once again, a fantastic production has graced the stage of Hill House School. In our newly-refurbished theatre, the Senior School production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night was a resounding triumph of student-led drama that delighted audiences over four spellbinding performances.
In a new venture for productions, this well-known play was set in the round and offered audiences an opportunity to experience an authentic piece of drama, told in the way that players of the 17th Century would have told it to their audiences. With minimal props and scenery, our Hill House Sixth director, Hannah Powell, ensured a translation of the classic text meant that it was accessible to all - particularly our Junior School pupils, who attended in their droves. An innovative use of black boxes that were moved as part of the storytelling process; a few ambient sound effects and lighting to subtly enhance key areas of the set, led to the overall feel of the piece being one of artistry as well as drama and were expertly designed by Year 9's Harry Cox and William Bell, of Year 11, respectively. Costumes, designed by Miss T. Smith of the English and Drama departments, complimented the internal nature of the characters and helped to add splashes of colour and intrigue.
In a first for Hill House productions, a 'matinee' performance (5pm) attracted a sold out arena and the players then gallantly entertained a second audience, in the evening.
A piece of comedy from Shakespeare, our pupils were roused by enthusiastic audiences who clapped, cheered and belly-laughed their way through a tale of mistaken identity, love triangles, hijinx and alcoholic debauchery. Three wonderful evenings were had by the cast, the crew and the audiences; thank you for all of your support.