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BrumHour saw Twelfth Night at the invite of The RSC.
For Brum Radio’s Interval Theatre, Director Robin Belfield spoke about returning to Nelson Mandela School with this new production of Twelfth Night.
By Dave Massey twitter.com/BrumHour
Review: RSC First Encounters: Twelfth Night at Nelson Mandela School
⭐⭐⭐⭐A fun filled introduction to Shakespeare.
Directed by Robin Belfield
Viola (Daniella Agredo Piper) and Sebastian (Stanton Wright) are split up after being washed ashore in a costal town. And despite Olivia posing as a boy, dressed almost exactly like her brother, it takes a while before anyone notices.
Presented as a 90-minute story this Twelfth Night is also directed with junior schools in mind and particularly those who The RSC work with. This was actually my second visit to RSC’s First Encounters. In 2019 I saw Robin Belfield direct The Merchant of Venice at Nelson Mandela School and it was great to return to this space. The audience of year fives seemed to sit still and look excited through the whole performance and it helped there were lots of moments for them to join in with and make noises.
Twelfth Night is a fun disarming story choice as it has panto-style moments throughout and brings themes to younger audiences in a gentle fashion.
The set has a collaboration feeling which also had echoes of a Mardi Gras or Carnival, there are also many items repurposed or ones each child created a hanging streamer to attach to the strings from the centre of the performance space.
The cast were friendly and fun and there was a genuine sense of invitation and relaxed education from them to the young audience.
This tour is heading to schools around the UK before returning to The RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon from 10th to 12th November 2022. Find out more and book tickets here: rsc.org.uk/first-encounters-twelfth-night.