Students tackle the best of the Bard
Students at The Radclyffe School in Chadderton are getting to experience acting on a professional stage this week as they take part in Britain’s biggest youth drama festival.
The group of Drama students from Years 8, 9 and 10 are visiting the Contact Theatre in Manchester for an acting workshop as part of the national Shakespeare for Schools festival. They are rehearsing their own interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The students will be coached by professional directors from the National Theatre and Shakespeare for Schools, and will bring their own ideas to how they present the performance.
They share the workshop with other schools from across Greater Manchester, giving the students an audience to perform in front of. The event leads to a final evening performance before a paying audience in November.
Teacher of Drama Mrs Collins-Walsh said, “It’s a fantastic opportunity for our students to take part in this event, and they are sure to have a lot of fun with the play. Each year the students really express themselves and let their creativity come out. The experience is hugely valuable as all the students are working towards their Drama GCSE, and the skills they learn from this are a great help.”
GCSE Drama students from The Radclyffe School will perform an abridged A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Contact Theatre, Oxford Road, Manchester on Thursday 7 November.
Shakespeare Schools Festival (SSF) is the UK’s largest Youth Drama Festival. It gives young people, through their teachers, the opportunity to engage with their cultural heritage, their education and their future by performing Shakespeare in professional theatres.