PUPILS from two Worthing schools have recently taken part in a dynamic theatre workshop in preparation for their performances in the Shakespeare Schools Festival.
Year-6 students from St John the Baptist Primary School in Findon worked alongside Year-10 and 11 students from Davison High School to explore their plays, characters and stage relationships.
The workshop was run by professional directors who are experienced in youth theatre.
A school spokesman said: “Although the youngsters from St John the Baptist are working with a text that is over 400 years old, that hasn’t prevented them from taking a modern approach to the experience, with their Year-5 classmates filming the experience on iPads, in order to make a documentary record of the whole process.”
Teacher Tanya Stoner said “This is a fantastic opportunity for our children and they have been involved in the whole process, directing each other, learning to give and receive positive critical advice.
“It’s a fantastic way to bring Shakespeare to a new generation.”
This is the third time Davison students have participated in the festival and they have opted to perform Twelfth Night.
Davison drama teacher Andrea Peebles said taking part in the festival, knowing that thousands of students across the country had had the chance to perform Shakespeare in a professional theatre, greatly enhanced the students performance experience and challenged them to take ownership of an important part of our cultural heritage.