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Orchard students ready to take Shakespeare’s great comedy to the stage

Published on 22/10/18

Students in rehearsal for festival

All the world’s a stage for Year 10 GCSE Drama students who took a trip to The Redgrave Theatre last month as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival.

The day included a workshop which helped prepare them for their upcoming performance of Twelfth Night.

They arrived by mini bus and had a good look around the theatre - noting the large stage and 300 seats.

Students are excited that in only a few weeks’ time they will be performing Shakespeare's great comedy to friends, family and the paying public.

Rehearsals are currently going extremely well and the exercises and direction we got from the workshop will be extremely beneficial to help us improve the play. 

The Shakespeare School Festival is an annual event, which has run since 2000.

Run by the Shakespeare Schools Foundation, it is the world's largest youth drama project. Months of preparation culminate in exhilarating performance evenings in professional theatres nationwide; a life-changing moment to remember forever.

Organisers use Shakespeare as a catalyst to uncover the most pressing themes of today in a neutral, creative forum. Students have the opportunity to explore topics like racism, gender equality and mental health. As a result, confidence increases and friendships flourish.

Twelfth Night is about two shipwrecked twins, Viola and Sebastian, and is a tale of love and mistaken identity, set  in Illyria, a region of classical antiquity on the Balkan peninsula in southern Europe.