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Bourne Grammar School

Shakespeare Schools Festival 2014

Students Perform the Scottish Play

Report by Mr N Moxley, Subject Leader: Drama

On Wednesday 15 October, twenty-nine Bourne Grammar students participated in the annual Shakespeare Schools’ Festival, performing Macbeth. The day involved rehearsals on stage at the Key Theatre, with an evening performance of the forty-minute piece. It was our second year of participation in this excellent festival (last year we performed A Midsummer Night’s Dream). 

Studying, rehearsing and performing Shakespeare’s drama is very demanding. I was hugely impressed by the students’ dedication in their approach to preparation and in their learning of the text. In performance, their verse speaking was flawless, coupled with excellent and very dynamic physicality.

Eleni Papaioannou (Year 10), who played an Apparition, writes:

‘The Shakespeare Schools’ Festival was a great opportunity to meet new people and we had the excitement of performing on a professional stage. Both the performance and rehearsals were experiences that I took great joy from and will remember.’

The cast – listed in a random order, to reflect the ensemble nature of the production:

Josh Callisto, Adam Hawkins, Evan Lawday, Jasmine Kirk, Sebastian Mitchell, Toby Cowan, Morgan Fountain, Eleni Papaioannou, Chloe Patman, Sarah Dickens, Georgia Burdock, Francesca Gardner, Amelia Gardner, Olivia Barron-Clarke, Jack Fitch, Nicholas Smith, Josh Dilley, Luke Skinner, Jasmine Allen, Hector Clack, Ella Waterhouse, Ben Gough, Owen Merriman, Lara Shell, Tim Parker, Will Worgan, Harvey Isitt, Lauren Gapper, Grace Burrows, Athena Sims and Eleanor Dharamraj.

All of these students auditioned and were cast in roles in June, when they were all in Year 9 or below. The Festival is an excellent opportunity to give real stage experience to younger performers. Our piece was the last on stage, and was an excellent way to round off an evening of four school performances.

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