Don Quixote comes to college

Slapstick, humour and Spanish came together as Firewalk Theatre put on a memorable performance for language students from across Cornwall.

The Spanish department at Truro College welcomed the international theatre company Firewalk to perform to 60 of its A Level and International Baccalaureate students, as well as visiting pupils from St Ives, Mullion, Hayle, St Joseph’s and Truro Schools.

The actors presented an amusing yet thought-provoking adaptation of ‘Don Quijote y La búsqueda de Marcela,’ an episode from the famous work by Miguel de Cervantes in which, by using the ‘insanity’ of Don Quixote, he questioned the injustice of inequality of the sexes during his day. The skill of the actors and the visual nature of the story enabled the students to follow the play, regardless of their level of Spanish, and they were supported by a written copy of the script and an activity pack which were provided prior to the day. 

Students from St Ives School reacted enthusiastically following the performance: “The male actor was very enthusiastic and really engaged well with the audience. The female actor demonstrated an impressive vocal range and great flexibility as she changed from character to character. The story was interesting and the set and costumes were very original, especially the invisible horse! The audience participation was very funny as well.”

Subject Leader for Spanish at Truro College, Helen Clarke, commented: “This kind of event is highly motivating and enjoyable for our learners and offers the type of valuable extracurricular experience that complements the academic demands of A Level and International Baccalaureate courses. It is also encouraging to see so many younger students and their teachers embracing and enjoying the challenge of a performance in the target language.”

Based in Zaragoza, Spain, Firewalk specialises in writing and performing plays for language students of all ages and has been visiting Truro College for several years.