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Haygrove students take on the bard
TWENTY drama students from Haygrove School took part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival at Taunton’s Tacchi Morris Theatre.
They performed a 30-minute extract from Shakespeare’s tale of jealousy and remorse, ‘A Winter’s Tale’.
The Haygrove performance was one of four Shakespeare productions performed by schools from across Somerset during the evening. For some of the young actors it was their first opportunity to perform in a real theatre in front of a paying audience so, as part of their preparations, the Haygrove students took part in a theatre workshop run by the Shakespeare Schools Festival.
Keiran Neale, who played Leontes, is studying for his GCSE in Drama and was initially daunted by the prospect of learning and performing Shakespeare’s work.
But after the show he said: “It was fantastic to be on stage with the rest of the cast. I was very nervous as we waited in the wings, but my nerves disappeared as soon as we were out on stage.”
The Shakespeare Schools Festival is the UK's largest Youth Drama Festival involving schools and theatres across the country.
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