Schools shake up Shakespeare plays

Behind the masks are Year 9 drama students at Lynn KES Academy preparing for the Shakespeare for Schools Festival
Behind the masks are Year 9 drama students at Lynn KES Academy preparing for the Shakespeare for Schools Festival
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Students have been busy at rehearsals for the Shakespeare for Schools Festival being held at Lynn Corn Exchange next week.

The event is spread over two nights – Tuesday and Wednesday, November 3 and 4, both at 7pm.

Each night, four schools will perform four different Shakespeare plays.

It’s the chance for parents, families and friends to celebrate the achievements of our local schools while enjoying a wonderful evening of entertainment. You will see Shakespeare performed as you’ve never seen it before!

The Tuesday programme is: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Howard Junior School, Lynn; Macbeth by Sheringham High School and 6th Form Centre; Romeo & Juliet by the Churchill Park Complex Needs School, Lynn; and The Taming of the Shrew by King Edward VII Academy, Lynn.

The Wednesday schedule is: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by the College of West Anglia, Lynn; Romeo & Juliet by Greyfriars Primary School, Lynn; The Tempest by Scarning Primary School, Dereham; and Twelfth Night by The Peterborough School.

Since it was launched in 2000, the Shakespeare Schools Festival has worked with 150,000 young people across the UK.  

Nationally this year there are 320 Festival Nights taking place at 138 theatres, with up to 25 performance nights occuring on any one evening.

Each Festival Night showcases a half-hour abridged performance of a different Shakespeare play, with one interval, and the evening finishes with an appraisal.

Michaela Buckland at Lynn KES said: “We have worked on a modern adaptation of the Taming of the Shrew where ‘Pete’ travels to a dream land and learns how to treat a woman properly to win her heart.

“Year 9 Drama have been working on the play since September and recently had a mask workshop with Trestle Theatre Company to help them develop their roles.”

Tickets for the Corn Exchange presentations are now on sale at £9 for adults, £7 concessions; you can book on 01553 764864 or visit www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk