Romeo's Return

During our residential trip to Stratford we watched the Royal Shakespeare Company’s performance of ‘Antony and Cleopatra’. The next day, the RSC outreach team guided the children through two fantastically creative workshops, showing them how to become ‘human’ props, how to enhance a performance with musical instruments and how to end a performance with a dance.

Back at school, the staff wondered how to answer the many questions and develop the pupils’ understanding further. Enter stage right: George Caple, who has just finished the role of Romeo in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool. George came into school and talked to the children about acting, especially in Shakespearean plays. His advice to all the children was, ‘Learn your lines. Learn your lines. And learn your lines again. Perform them to your family and friends. When you’ve finished, learn them again!’

Two pupils were delighted to have had the opportunity to speak with George as they were attending the performance that evening. The next day, Simon said, "His (George) role was acted thoroughly and emotionally; my mother and I really enjoyed the experience. Matthew added, "George spoke with perfect expression making the play very realistic. His death seemed very real and had the necessary amounts of groaning and wailing."

George is a past pupil of St Luke’s and the eldest son of Mrs Caple who works in Year 1.

After leaving Range High School, George went on to study performing arts at Southport College. He then auditioned for the prestigious London Drama Schools and was offered places at the Guildhall and RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts). George took up his place at RADA and won the Sir John Gielgud award in 2015.

George has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and at the Lowry Theatre in Salford. He made his television debut in ‘Doctors’. His run at the Everyman Theatre finished at the end of June.

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