Twelfth Night 2008:
Our policy of including young audiences
proved worthwhile at a performance of our first production Twelfth
Night, when parties from several schools came to a free performance
at Cheltenham College Junior School. We were particularly
encouraged to play to pupils on enrichment programmes, people initially
sceptical about Shakespeare and his relevance to today, who gained a new
understanding as they saw it performed.
Charitable collections started at
CCJS towards theatre education programmes for under privileged youths have
now exceeded £1000, bolstering our aim to bring the theatre closer to young
We were privileged to be invited to
perform at Longborough Festival Opera . The show then transferred to the
Royal Shakespeare Company’s open-air Dell Theatre
in Stratford upon Avon.
GYP performed their production
of Hamlet. They returned to perform at Longborough Festival Opera and
the RSC Dell, as well as performing at The Space in Stroud, Wadham College, Oxford and
The Nave, London.
Set in the morally contradictory 1930s
amidst economic uncertainty and ruin, and the rising and ominous power of
Hitler’s Germany to the south, the play aims to explore the political, economic
and sociological tensions and unrest spurred by the decay of the old world
order at the beginning of the end of the old European empires. A
fast paced, ensemble led production that breathes new life into one of the
greatest texts of all time.
A Midsummer Night's Dream 2010:
There were four performances of this
darkly humorous, highly-paced, energetic show at the Royal Shakespeare
Company's Dell Theatre, with audiences exceeding 250 per show. The group were
also privileged to perform once again at Longborough Festival Opera. Amongst the
reviews we received, we were thrilled to hear that we 'engaged youngsters who
were quite sceptical about Shakespeare' and that it was considered 'the best
show yet by GYP.'
GYP was also honoured to be asked to
perform evening shows in three local secondary and primary schools, to
excellent reviews and further bookings for 2011.