Senior Production: The Winter’s Tale

28 November 2023


Member of the NLCS News Team, Kishana, writes about this year’s Senior Production, The Winter’s Tale.

This year’s senior production The Winter’s Tale, directed by Miss May, took place on the 21, 22 and 23 of November. It was an incredible production with Years 10, 11 and 12 taking part, celebrating 400 years since Shakespeare’s first folio was published.

There were a range of highlights such as the magnificent six metre gold backdrop and the moving set, designed by Mr Boase and Mr Adams. A wonderful addition to the set, allowing the audience to establish the time period, were the Tudor costumes from the Royal Shakespeare Company! Students were delighted to wear these magnificent period appropriate costumes for the production.

This tragic tale by Shakespeare shows King Leontes, a jealous King, convinced his wife Hermione has had an affair with his best friend, King Polixenes. Leontes banishes his new-born baby Perdita and his wife and only son die of grief and distress. Sixteen years later, Perdita has now grown up and is raised by shepherds. She falls in love with Polixenes’ son in the Kingdom of Bohemia, Prince Florizel and the tale ends in loving reconciliation.

Students worked hard across eight weeks to prepare the show and the outcome was a success with many family members and peers coming to support the cast. Although there were some tricky moments, the cast became a family and managed to pull through, performing to their best potential!

As a member of the cast, I would say the best moment was performing to the audience on day one. It was the day where we had to place everything we had worked for, together to create a show. The cast were excited to be able to showcase their hard work and anticipated the audience’s response. At first, many of us were quite nervous, however towards the end of the show we were exhilarated and encouraged by the audiences’ response. This was then seen on all three days, and overall, it was a great experience!

The Winter's Tale