Theatre workshop and performance 'great experience'

King Lear challenge for students at Shakespeare festival

Talented Drama GCSE students have taken up the challenge of performing William Shakespeare’s King Lear.

The eight students presented an abridged version of one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies.

The Radclyffe School students spent the day at the Contact Theatre at the University of Manchester. During the day the students were coached by professional staff from the theatre, before performing in front of a paying audience in the evening.

The event is part of a national celebration involving young people from across the country who are travelling to professional theatres as part of the annual Shakespeare for Schools festival. Performances are taking place at The Contact Theatre over two weeks – The Radclyffe School performed alongside schools from Manchester and Stockport.

Teacher of Drama Frances Collins-Walsh said, “The students did exceptionally well, tackling a very complex and emotive play. Working and then performing on the Contact Theatre stage was a fantastic experience which will only assist them in preparing for their GCSE performances.”

17 November 2015

Lear performance

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