Hamlet London

Sixth years had a very successful trip to London on the 25th October. After an early departure from Glenstal, the group left Shannon for Standstead at approximately 7:30 am. On arrival,  a bus took the group to their hotel in Bayswater. For some students it was their first time in London. A quick tube trip took the group to Covent Garden and lunch.img_7456-copy

This was followed by a brisk walk to the Tate Modern Art Gallery and a brief tour of some of the galleries there.

Then it was on to the stunning Imperial War Museum where the time was just too short to take in all the various displays. Many of the boys were blown away by the Holocimg_7509-copyaust Gallery and the special First World War display.

 

Following a quick supper at Waterloo station, it was another train ride to Earlsfield and a brisk walk to the Tara Theatre for the performance of Hamlet. The theatre is extremely small and intimate with seating for approximately 120 people. The performance by the all-black cast (Black Theatre Live in association with Watford Palace Theatre & Stratford Circus Arts Centre) was extraordinary. Directed by Jeffery Kissoon and adapted from Shakespeare’s text by Mark Norfolk. It was the first time in Britain that an all-black cast presented the Shakespearean img_7542-copytragedy.

The performance finished at approximately 10:30 and while the group were waiting on the platform at the train station, there was a very poignant moment when two of the cast arrived on the opposite platform. All the boys stood and clapped the actors who bowed graciously.

Another early morning start and a bus back to Standstead for our flight home. All in all a successful trip.

 

 

Special thanks to Mr Kevin Duffy for organising the trip and to Mr David Cantwell and Mr Colm Mealy for all their support.

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