On Monday 3rd November the Year 10 GCSE Drama cohort participated in the Shakespeare Schools Festival, one of the UK’s largest youth drama events involving over 1200 schools from across the country. They took the stage at Stratford Circus performing abridged versions of ‘Richard III’, ‘Winter’s Tale’ and ‘Hamlet’. The experience of performing at a professional theatre was a really special one for all the students involved. Marion Nsiulu who played Hamlet said “It was really hard work to learn all the lines but it was an amazing experience to actually get up and perform to such a big audience. My confidence has really grown when it comes to Shakespeare and this has made me want to study more Shakespeare plays.”
As a result of their success at Stratford Circus we were also honoured to be asked by Shakespeare Schools Festival organisers to showcase the student’s work at two further special events. The cast of Richard III were invited to perform an extract of their piece at a day in Southwark with sponsors of the festival followed by an appearance at City Hall as part of the Mayor’s Education conference. Drama teacher and director of Richard III Michelle Burgess-Allen said, “It was an incredibly proud moment to see all the hard work they put in during lessons come to fruition in such a fantastic performance and that they got to perform in front of such a prestigious audience.
An extract from Hamlet was performed at this year’s Winter Showcase on Thursday 11th December.
Ms N Jim
Curriculum Leader Drama