Schools join forces for Shakespeare Festival

Schools join forces for Shakespeare Festival

Students across Cambridgeshire celebrated Shakespeare's birthday by holding a festival showcasing his work.

120 secondary school students took part in the Anglian Learning Cambridge Schools’ Shakespeare Festival held at Netherhall School’s Atrium centre.

Featuring everything from traditional Shakespearean verse to modern devised dance, the students presented their take on Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Othello, The Taming of the Shrew and Julius Caesar alongside short sketches from Henry V and The Merchant of Venice.

Students taking part were from Bassingbourn, Bottisham and Sawston Village Colleges and Netherhall school and sixth form.

Chris Tooley, Netherhall Principal, congratulated the students and staff involved in the event. He said: “What a fantastic evening! If Shakespeare was alive today I’m sure he would have been so proud of all the dance, music and different interpretations of his work that we’ve seen in the festival.”

Organised by Lee Parry, head of Drama at Netherhall school, the festival marked the first cross-trust event for the newly established Anglian Learning trust.

He said: “Netherhall has run its own Shakespeare Festival for the past two years – it was great to be able to invite the other schools from our trust to join us this year for what will hopefully become an annual event.”

Cambridge TV also ran the story.  The video is now on YouTube via this link:

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