Posted on November 10th 2021
Hamlet Trip for A Level English Students
A-Level English Literature students visited the Young Vic Theatre in central London this week to watch a fantastic modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
At HGA, A-Level English Literature students study this eponymous revenge tragedy as part of Paper 2 (Drama), and the opportunity to see the play performed live helped them to bring their study and analysis of its characters and themes to life.
The production starred Cush Jumbo who delivered a captivating performance as the ever-tortured and indecisive Hamlet, and students were surprised to find Jumbo’s portrayal of this character hilariously funny and lively.
Students were treated to free ice-cream in the interval, and went on to witness famous actors such as Joseph Marcell (from 90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air) as Polonius and Adrian Dunbar (from BBC Drama Line of Duty) as King Claudius.
Students left the theatre feeling empowered to write about the play in their upcoming mocks; one student commented that “seeing the actors bring the characters to life gave me a much more nuanced understanding of the relationships in the play.”
Thank you Young Vic for an excellent evening, and to Year 12 and 13 for being model representatives of Harris Garrard Academy!
Seeing the actors bring the characters to life gave me a much more nuanced understanding of the relationships in the play." Sixth Form student