Bell Shakespeare performs at Meriden

2 May 2022

All the world's a stage,

And all the men and women merely players;

They have their exits and their entrances;

And one man in his time plays many parts,

His acts being seven ages.”

― William Shakespeare, As You Like It

Meriden’s Year 8 students were treated to a private performance by Bell Shakespeare’s Players ensemble this week, on the Wallis Auditorium stage.

The performance was a special one, compressing numerous works by Shakespeare into an entirely new play, that challenged the students to consider the significance of Shakespeare’s contribution to the English language and literature.

After the shut-down of the performing arts during the pandemic, the performance felt like a particular blessing for the girls, to witness the magic of Shakespeare’s words performed live, as they were always meant to be experienced.

Hundreds of excellent phrases, now commonly used by us in our modern speech, were written by Shakespeare in his plays. These phrases include ‘one fell swoop’, ‘vanish into thin air’, ‘play fast and loose’, ‘in a pickle’, ‘foul play’, ‘tower of strength’, ‘flesh and blood’, ‘cruel to be kind’, and ‘wild goose chase.’

The appreciative audience of Year 8 students laughed, gasped and cheered throughout the part history lesson, part play, performed by Ruby Maishman, Chrissy Mae, Laurence Young and directed by Julia Billington.