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Over the last couple of weeks, 11 of our London schools and two of our Portsmouth schools participated in the Shakespeare Schools Festival 2015. From a 1940s themed Queen Lear to Much Ado About Nothing set to a Madonna soundtrack, to a Twelfth Night involving Space Hoppers, we witnessed fantastic performances from our talented students.

Sarah from Ark Brunel played Lady Macbeth, she said “it was scary, but when we got on stage, the lights meant that you couldn’t see beyond the first row. I’m glad that I did it and am proud of myself.”

Jessica from Ark Franklin played Malvolio in their production of Twelfth Night, she said “I really enjoyed doing a Shakespeare play. My teachers helped me to be confident on stage and to project my voice.”

The Shakespeare Schools Festival works with over 1,000 schools providing pupils with the opportunity to perform on a professional stage, in front of an audience.

A few weeks before the final performances, students came together at All Saints Academy to take part in workshops led by Shakespeare Schools Festival to help and support the casts perfect and practice their performances.

Ark Elvin performing The Tempest
Ark Academy performing Othello
Ark Burlington Danes performing King Lear
Walworth performing Much Ado About Nothing
Ark Brunel performing Macbeth
Ark Franklin performing The Tempest
Bolingbroke performing Twelfth Night
Isaac Newton performing Macbeth
Ark John Keats performing The Merchant of Venice
Ark Putney performing Julius Caesar
Ark All Saints performing Macbeth