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Flying Start for Shakespeare Festival

By Fiona Wilkins - January 27th, 2023 | Posted in News

This year’s Shakespeare Festival got off to a flying start with our performance of The Incomplete Works of Shakespeare at the Rose Theatre. We were one of the first of over 400 schools across the UK to perform in this year’s Shakespeare in Schools Festival organised by the Coram Foundation.

Our production was both visual and sensory and our actors used a range of communication methods to tell their story from signing to utilising Sound Beam technology. Our play aimed to give the audience a snapshot of some of Shakespeare’s stories that our young people had enjoyed. These included the search for Desdemona’s handkerchief in Othello, the witches brewing their spells in Macbeth and sailing through the storm from The Tempest.

Assistant Principal, Jessica Webb, said “It is so important that our students can access Shakespeare and that all students, even those with complex needs, are represented. The Arts should be accessible to everyone who wants to be involved.”

Our students thoroughly enjoyed performing on a professional stage in front of a packed house which included family and friends. Two students were even interviewed on BBC Radio Surrey and told the presenter that the best bit about the performance was being on stage with their friends.

We will continue our Shakespeare Festival with the WowNow Theatre Club which will be accessed online across the whole school throughout February