Bloody Bard Drama

To mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, Glenalmond Junior pupils took their audience on an exciting promenade performance of five ‘death-themed’ vignettes set in several dramatic locations around the school.

Making reference to the need to engage young minds with Shakespeare Head of Drama, Charlie Youlten, commented on the inspiration for The Bloody Bard: “Children love the macabre and this drama proved a winning combination of learning and laughing. Using our wonderful architecture as a backdrop really added to the sense of occasion and atmosphere.”

The historic, barrel-roofed library was transformed into Macbeth’s castle for some “double, double, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble”: the Conference room depicted a courtroom for the Shylock vs. Antonio court case during The Merchant of Venice; conspiracies abounded in the ‘Danish dining hall’ (actually the backdrop was the grand, vaulted, dining hall where pupils eat every day) with the dramatic conclusion to Hamlet’s quest for vengeance: Romeo and Juliet’s tragic ending unfolded at the Chapel alter, while comic chaos ensued in the Midsummer Night’s Dream ‘forest’ recreated inside the cosy Glenalmond theatre. 

To see further images of the vignettes please click here.

Bloody Bard Drama