An energetic reading of Antony and Cleopatra

The Shakespeare Society recently gathered at 50 Church Road for an energetic reading of Antony and Cleopatra. We read the entire play through with charisma and emotion to try and appropriately convey the feelings of each character in such a powerful tragedy. However we enjoyed some humour interspersed at various points in the play, whether reading in drunken voices the scene of some generals draining the wine or a clown wishing Cleopatra “all the joy of the worm”, ie. the asps he has just brought her, and Cleopatra’s response of “Will it eat me?”. The very fact that Shakespeare can bring such variation to one of his most heart-wrenching tragedies is a testament to his abilities as a playwright, which makes it all the more enjoyable to read. The pizza and ice cream for afters went down a treat, and we discussed what our next play might be… perhaps Troilus and Cressida? Who knows, but we eagerly await the next meeting!

By Angus Carey-Douglas, 6.2


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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