Sudbury pupils are set to take to the stage in the hometown of William Shakespeare today.
Students from Ormiston Sudbury Academy are set to follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s best known actors, when they perform in Stratford-upon-Avon as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) festival for schools.
Twelve BTEC acting students aged between 16 and 18 will make the journey to Shakespeare’s home town today where they will perform their abridged version of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.
Their production takes an inventive approach to Shakespeare’s story of order and disorder, appearance and reality, love and marriage.
The cast of twelve students will be sharing over twenty named characters between them as well as assuming the role of ‘cupids’ in order to narrate the story.
They will perform their production in front of a live audience at either The Other Place, the RSC’s iconic studio theatre, or The Dell, the RSC’s outdoor performance space.
The festival is the culmination of a national call-out to schools to join the RSC’s Dream Team 2016 and celebrate Shakespeare’s life and work in the year that marks the 400th anniversary of his death.
Commenting on the festival, Fiona Ingram, head of young people’s programmes for RSC Education, said: “At the start of the year we invited schools to join the RSC Dream Team to celebrate Shakespeare’s life and work 400 years after his death and the response has been incredible. Primary and secondary schools all over the country have been downloading our Dream Team playmaking pack, learning all about Shakespeare and staging their own abridged versions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
“We have been blown away by the imagination, energy and sheer quality of the work. The project has generated a lot of fun and creative expression, but it’s been especially inspiring to see young people tackling some of the really difficult issues that they see and encounter in the world today and exploring them through their interpretive choices and performances.”
Caroline Wilson, principal at Ormiston Sudbury Academy, said: “We are so proud of our students for the amazing work they have done putting this production together.
“We are positive they will do a great job representing the academy at the festival.”