On the night of Monday 9th May, four boys and five dons set off to the Royal Shakespeare Company Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon to see a wholly different take on the timeless novel ‘Don Quixote’. We manged to grab something to eat at a fish and chip shop nearby (GCP’s first) and then made our way into the theatre.
Although we might have been the last in, we certainly had some of the best seats in the house which were located right beside the stage. This, however, meant that some of us had to endure some audience participation (leading to Mr Sumner receiving a hug from Rufus Hound). The play was a condensed version of the novel but still managed to retain the same comedic sentiment.
Playing the role of Don Quixote was an excellent David Threlfall who perfectly captured the delirious exuberance that is the character of Don Quixote. Alongside him was Rufus Hound playing Quixote’s squire, Sancho Panza. For me, Hound was the perfect comic lead as he really embraced his character and managed to bounce off of the audience. That said, amongst the whole cast there wasn’t one weak link as each member, however small their character was, managed to add their own comedic spin on things.
The set proved to be just as impressive. On the whole, it’s fair to say that we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and I don’t think any of us were expecting the play to be as hilarious as it turned out to be. Our thanks go to Mr Brown and Mr Mosedale for driving the minibus and of course to Mr Sumner who organised the trip.
Report by Harry Rogers, K Social, 6.1