Much Ado About Nothing

19 March 2023

Bridge House Young Company started making theatre again in November 2021 but not until now have all the company members, Juniors, Intermediates and Seniors, collaborated on one project.


Much Ado About Nothing is one of the Bard’s best comedies (in our opinion) and it was riotous fun to translate onto the Bridge House Theatre stage.

Don Pedro, Benedick and The Night's Watch. Vicky Jane Photography.

We held auditions for members back in October 2022, challenging their mettle, preparation skills and audition technique. Those who wanted to put themselves forward for a principal role had to learn a short scene ahead of time to perform for the panel. Everyone did admirably under pressure, demonstrating great professionalism and passion.

When the casting was finalised, we got to work exploring and understanding Shakespeare’s language as well as developing a detailed picture of the characters.

Much Ado About Nothing was predominantly an ensemble project, with each participant playing a key role in the success of the storytelling and world-building.

Young Company leaders, Pippa Church, Judi Walton, and Imogen Tong, worked together to create an overarching artistic vision for the production. We wanted to emphasise Sicily’s sunny, seaside feel, so decided to portray ‘the Night’s Watch’ as fisherfolk. To underscore the production, we used various renditions of Bob Marley’s haunting reggae ballad ‘Is This Love’.

After months of swift and focused Saturday morning rehearsals, we shared the final production twice with a live theatre audience on Sunday 19 March.

It was exhilarating to see each young person bringing their individuality to the piece whilst maintaining a heart of positive collaboration.

Some cast reflections on the experience:

  • I would do Shakespeare again, 11/10, would deffo recommend.
  • I’m proud of how we all worked together – I’ve made lots of friends from this production and I’ve loved seeing how we all pulled together and supported each other.
  • This was my first Shakespeare play. Scarce to say I really want to do another. Thanks!
  • I enjoyed the puppetry. The staff were amazing.
  • I am proud of being able to get audience laughs with others on stage.
  • I loved being a part of such a big cast and getting to know everyone.

Beatrice and ensemble. Vicky Jane Photography.

Huge thanks to

  • Our epic assistants Alex, Ethan, and Lyn for their tireless support!
  • Sarah from Rapport Interpreting who performed the 7pm show alongside us in British Sign Language.
  • Ian Roberts for sound operation and lighting wizardry.
  • The Bridge House Theatre team for their production support.

Congratulations to everyone involved. We can't wait for the next major Bridge House Young Company production!

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