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Shakespeare in Schools Festival update

Our students finally got to perform at the Shakespeare in Schools Festival last week after their first performance at The Woodville Halls, Gravesend, was rescheduled due to a chemical leak at the theatre before Christmas.

Their performance of The Taming of the Shrew proved a huge success on the night and below Freya, in year 8 and Mrs Fenton, who along with Mrs Wybourn, facilitated the event for our students, reflect on taking part in the Festival.

The photographs were taken by Mrs Fenton, from the side of the stage during our students performance on the night.


“When our first performance at the Woodville got cancelled it was really disappointing as we were all ready to go!  I was really looking forward to performing on stage again for real, and so when it was time for the actual performance I was excited; but a little nervous!  The theatre is really big and the actual stage is massive, over twice as big as our school stage. From the Woodville Hall’s stage, the audience looked like blurred dots and the lights were so bright!   Our performance of Taming of the Shrew went really well and then we got to watch the other schools perform too.  Being part of the Shakespeare in Schools Festival has really expanded my knowledge of Shakespeare.  I would say to others to definitely get involved in things like this because it gives you a great opportunity to learn more, but it was also a lot of fun!”

Freya (NLEV)


“I am very proud of the hard work and commitment that has been shown by the students involved. They have worked exceptionally hard and it has been wonderful to see them bring one of Shakespeare's comedies to life. Every student has supported and helped each other through the process and have taken ownership of their individual roles as well as offered advice and support to all others involved. Students have really embraced the input of the professionals and have shown upmost respect for each other. The students were really excited to finally perform The Taming of the Shrew after the show being postponed back in November.  They persevered through rehearsals throughout January and really made the most of having the unexpected extra time to perfect their performances. After a long morning with our technical and dress rehearsal, the students were raring to go when we returned back to school and were full of ideas and enthusiasm following the feedback we had had from the Shakespeare in Schools Festival team.”  Mrs Fenton