Date Posted... Mar 23rd 2023

The Burrell and the Bard

This week we celebrated the life and works of William Shakespeare in the 16th year of our annual Shakespeare Festival. Our 2nd Year forms each produced a twenty-minute play directed by our English teachers, worked on in lessons and performed on stage in the Burrell Theatre. An opportunity for all 2nd Year pupils to perform and connect meaningfully to the vivid life, language and intellect of the bard William Shakespeare some 400 years after his death.

The festival was conceived by our then Head of Drama and English who would have been proud of the performances of the past two evenings. Audiences were treated to a journey through the tragedies of Macbeth and Henry V, performed by 2J and 2H, and who could forget Oberon’s Hawaiian-styled fairies on scooters in a Midsummer Night’s Dream by 2M. The second night started with the comedy-turned-tragedy Romeo and Juliet, performed by 2K, and a memorable Macbeth performed by 2H. The evening was rounded off by a joyful production of one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies, Much Ado About Nothing.

Huge thanks extended to the Burrell Theatre tech crew, Miss Selvey, our Head of English, Ms Egar, our drama specialist and our wonderfully talented English department for their superb organisation, inspiration, creativity and tireless good humour.