The Comedy of Errors

On Wednesday the 22nd of February a small group of us went to London to watch a performance of The Comedy of Errors at the National Theatre on the South Bank. Here is Billie’s review.

Theatre review of The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare

Basically, this story is all about a separation, a disappearance, and also love (aren’t all Shakespeare plays set around love? I hear you ask)!! But this is no ordinary Shakespearian story, oh no! It is unlike Romeo & Juliet, where everyone dies and it’s all utter misery! Also it is unlike the story of a midsummer night’s dream, where everything is fantasy (and terribly unrealistic)! Compared to others, this play is peculiarly heartfelt.

Well, I suppose this love is one that a family would share. One that would never disappear, one that would stay in your heart forever (cheesy, I know, but how else would you describe it?).

Throughout, it has a slapstick Charlie Chaplin-ish laugh ability to the play. Lenny Henry is of course the star of the entire show! Taking to the stage and staying there… whether he’s beating his brother from another mother (purely in affection), running away from his wife (who is actually his sister in law) or speeding away on a scooter to avoid psychiatric prison officers (who wear some very clean, white overalls)!

The producer of the play presents a very modern twist to the play, BUT still sticks with the Elizabethan way of speaking… so, for example;

Modern English: How are you?

Elizabethan English: Thou are not accustomed to an introduction in your presence?

Slightly harder to “interpret” (as my English teacher would say) but it does give you a look into what it could’ve been like in the ‘olden days’ and, unfortunately, I have to admit for most of the play I had to guess what was happening through the actors hand gestures and body language.

The acting could’ve been a bit better and it also seemed that there was A LOT of improvisation, which made the play feel a bit stilted HOWEVER, the moral of the story is very heart warming and explains that in whatever nonsense that’s occurring there is always something good at the end of the (so-called) rainbow!

All in all, this play is not your traditional William Shakespeare play and I must say that I enjoyed it! It’s very nice to not to have to bring along tissues and extra mascara into the theatre.

March 9th, 2012 by Ian in Links for students

The Woman in Black and Chinese New Year

On a damp grey drizzly day a group of nine staff and year 11s caught the train up to London for our annual winter term dose of “The Woman in Black.”

Despite the weather we managed to go round an empty Covent Garden and a bustling China Town, the day after Chinese New Year. That was a site to remember. We made friends with some police and swapped caps and helmets.

The play was splendidly frightening although those who’d seen it in school noticed the subtle changes from the original script…..not necessary we felt.

The day ended well despite us missing our train and having to catch the next one. Bless the taxi company who waited for us.

February 8th, 2012 by Ian in Links for students

Centre Walk February 2012

Chris took us all on a long walk around the North Dorset countryside this morning. He claims the route was about 7 miles but I’m sure we saw polar bears at one point. The scenery was beautiful, the ground very muddy and the weather crisp but dry. To round off a great morning, there was as amazing meal waiting for us when we got back. Roasted red pepper and tomato soup followed by fish pie and vegetable lasagne. It had all been prepared by Duncan with help from Charlotte, Fran and Vicky.

Thanks to Chris for organising the walk and Duncan and his assistants for the meal!

Play the video for a few photos:

February 7th, 2012 by Ian in Links for students

BTEC in Construction Skills

Lots of our students take a course in Constructions Skills from Certificate to Diploma level. Some students follow the course in the centre and some go to the also excellent Skills4Life centre at Rylands Farm.

Here Stephen is working hard wiring a light fitting. Useful skills and a possible career?

January 13th, 2012 by Ian in Links for students

Exams!

Just to show it’s not all fun and games at SLC, here are some students taking a Maths exam on Monday. Students tend to do very in their exams with us and we wish them good luck with this particular one, and all the exams to come!

January 12th, 2012 by Ian in curriculum

Prince’s Trust XL winner!

We’re very proud that one of our students has won the Prince’s Trust XL South West region Educational Achiever of the Year. Joe very much deserved to win and now has a chance at winning the national award.

The XL club is run at SLC by Vicky. This is the second year in a row that one of her students has won this prize. This is an exceptional achievement. Well done Vicky.

January 11th, 2012 by Ian in News

Now on Twitter

 

We’re now on Twitter!

Follow us here @SherborneLC.

January 6th, 2012 by Ian in News

Sky’s the limit

Skye made a gorgeous self portrait using photography, Gimp and Inkscape.

She then transfered the image to paper with the projector and coloured it using water soluble pencil crayons, then she took the real risk and water washed the whole thing to create a painting.

Brave girl Skye!

Well done, and keep that winning smile up.

December 1st, 2011 by PhilS in Links for students

Emily TV

A groovy bit of stencil art from Emily B this week.

 

Emily used canvas and acrylics to make this contemporary DJ piece.

 

Here we go again with those block rockin beats

 

Well done Em.

December 1st, 2011 by PhilS in Links for students

Red Card

Dan created a banksy inspired piece of work today. Commenting on the recent racism in football incident, he used ‘gimp’ and ‘inkscape’ to create a stencil image of Hitler giving Didier a red card.

Keep up the good work Dan.

November 24th, 2011 by PhilS in Links for students