Year 8 students at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy recently demonstrated their acting talents and skills when they took part in The Shakespeare Schools’ Festival, performing ‘Hamlet’ at the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool.
The students, who had received some coaching and expert advice from actor, comedian and former student of the school, John Bishop, delighted the audience with their presentation, which was a mature and interesting interpretation of the classic play.
Miss Carden, Leader of Drama, said “These students, who are only twelve or thirteen, excelled themselves, in what was a flawless delivery. For some this was the first time they had performed live in public, so to display such amazing skills, in what is quite a complex play, made me very proud indeed. Being involved with the Shakespeare Schools Festival has developed the students’ self-confidence and acting techniques beyond everyone’s expectations. It has also enabled them to engage with their cultural heritage as they have found out so much about The Bard himself, what life was like in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the influence he had, and is still having, on so many.”
OBA will continue to develop its already well-established links with the Royal Shakespeare Company over the coming months to support their Hamlet project and a trip to Stratford is planned for later in the year.