“Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions?”
“The quality of mercy is not strained,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven . . .”
Famous lines from one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, “The Merchant of Venice” which was brought vividly to life at the Baby Grand at the Grand Opera House’s C21 production on Wednesday 21st October 2015. That’s all it takes it make the Bard come alive again – a good theatre trip!
The Baby Grand offered an intimate setting for a play written over four hundred years ago but which still resonates with us today with themes ranging from prejudice, power, control and the role of women in society. The staging was minimalistic which laid bare more starkly the rampant racism expressed towards Shylock merely for being a Jew, yet the mood was lifted cleverly at time by comedic effect from the Princes of Arragon and Morocco.
The joint Year 12 and Year 13 English Literature trip was thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated by all, particularly with our front row seats and, of course, meeting Shylock himself afterwards!