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Students celebrate Shakespeare

DSC 0059All Year 7, 8 and 9 students at RSB celebrated the genius of the Bard at the annual Shakespeare Festival on Monday 2 February 2015. Then, later in the week the Shakespeare spree continued with a Year 8 and 9 school trip to see a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, performed by the UK's Shakespeare4Kids touring company.

DSC 0106On the Monday, performances from every English class had the Lecture Theatre echoing to some of Shakespeare's most famous lines. "Is this a dagger which I see before me?" from Macbeth, brought to life by the lively Year 7s. Caesar's famous final words of "Et tu Brute?" brilliantly performed by Year 8s. Finally, Mercutio's threatening cry of "A plague on both your houses!", and Romeo's realisation "Oh, I am fortune's fool!" impressively brought to life by Year 9s.

DSC 0076For the first time the Festival included a general knowledge challenge, that tested students' recall of facts from their Shakespeare Research Project, undertaken in the LRC over the past five weeks. Working together in form groups, they had to remember the answer to a range of questions including "What were the names of Shakespeare's three children?", "What games did Elizabethan children play?" and "Women were not allowed to perform on stage in Elizabethan times. So, who played the women's parts?". There were wins for the Red, White and Black teams throughout the day.

Congratulations to all students and staff for their hard work and dedication to the project. Another triumphant celebration of the the students' drama and English language abiilities through the study of the most famous playwright in the world!

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