News

For never was a story of more woe than this

Pupils from 10 schools in Knowsley are joining nearly 30,000 pupils in nearly 1,000 schools across the country to celebrate Shakespeare and perform some of his most loved pieces of work.

The students, the latest cohort of a record 280,000 young people to have participated in the Festival since it began, got the chance to perform abridged Shakespeare plays in one of 136 professional theatres nationwide.

Joining the festival were pupils from Stockbridge Village Primary School who performed at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park.

Alex Borrill, director of performance at Stockbridge Village Primary, said: “This was our second opportunity to take part in the festival. We grabbed the opportunity to perform in a real fully operational working theatre.

“While initially daunted looking at the complexity of the script, watching the children learn lines from Romeo and Juliet was an amazing experience.

“The enthusiasm and passion from the children to understand the script, relate to characters and watch their confidence grow, felt wonderful and to see their hard work pay off with an ambitious performance made every sleepless night worthwhile.

“We embarked on a journey that showed them to be Successful Visionary and Proud.

“This opportunity gave our children lifelong memories and achievements that they will hold with them all their lives and an understanding of language and Shakespeare they will always be able to dip into.

“It has been a long road as we embarked on our journey in July”.

Other schools that took part in Knowsley included: St John Fisher RC Primary School - Macbeth; St Joseph the Worker RC Primary School - Much Ado About Nothing; Our Lady’s RC Primary School - Romeo and Juliet; St Luke’s Primary School - A Midsummer Night’s Dream; St Mark’s Catholic Primary School - Much Ado About Nothing; Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School - Twelfth Night; St Joseph’s RC Primary School - Macbeth, St Marie’s RC Primary School - Romeo and Juliet and St Michael and All Angels RC Primary School - A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

292 performance nights took place throughout the UK between 16 October and 8 December. Up to 30,000 students stepped onto their local stage after months of preparation and do something really brave: perform in front of a paying audience in a professional theatre.

The experience can give young people confidence and self esteem to last a lifetime. As a result of the Festival, 97% of teachers say their students work better together as a team and that their students’ confidence increases. 100% of special school teachers say that their students exceed expectations.

Taking part in the Festival leaves a real legacy. Chief Executive Ruth Brock said: “Every workplace needs people who are confident and can work as a team and every community needs people who can get on with other people of very different backgrounds. Taking part in the Festival teaches these things - and, crucially, it helps young people make friends and have fun”.

  • Operational Command Centre is open for business
    Merseyside’s Police Commissioner and Chief Constable have taken delivery of Merseyside Police’s new Operational Command... Read more »
  • Police appeal for information after firearm discharge in Kirkby
    Detectives are appealing for witnesses following a shooting in Kirkby on Wednesday 7 February. ... Read more »
  • Ex-pupil donates minibus to school
    Staff and pupils from Our Lady and St Swithin’s School received a surprise when they were contacted by a man named Russell... Read more »
- Share this page


EDUCATION

Another first for Our Lady’s Prescot

Children from Our Lady’s Catholic Primary Prescot have become the first school to visit the archaeological dig at the site for the new Shakespeare North Theatre in Prescot.

The children from Our Lady’s Catholic Primary Prescot... Read more »



WHAT'S ON

Adult Drama Group at Valley Theatre, Netherley

Fresh from their great success with "Babes in the Wood", the Valley Theatre adult drama group are back, starting a new season, which will finish in June with a performance for the Liverpool Fringe. 18 and over. all welcome. Friendly and supportive... Read more »

BLOG

HEALTHY KNOWSLEY with Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Knowsley and Sefton

ACT FAST CAMPAIGN

Earlier this month, Public Health England relaunched the national ‘Act FAST’ stroke campaign, working closely with the Stroke Association.

Hopefully by now, you will have seen or heard about the campaign,... Read more »


Posted by
Matthew Ashton
on February 7th, 2018



More features


This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office