Pupils in West Suffolk bring Shakespeare to life at Theatre Royal

The children at Barrow Primary are taking part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival at the Theatre Royal.  A selection of Year 3/4 children are performing an abridged version of Romeo and Juliet. ''FL; Pupils perform on stage at the Theatre Royal.
The children at Barrow Primary are taking part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival at the Theatre Royal. A selection of Year 3/4 children are performing an abridged version of Romeo and Juliet. ''FL; Pupils perform on stage at the Theatre Royal.
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Schools in West Suffolk have been performing their own Shakespearean productions on stage at the Theatre Royal.

This was part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival staged on Monday and Tuesday this week. On Monday there were performances of Twelfth Night by County Upper, The Comedy of Errors by the Bury St Edmunds Academy Trust, Hamlet by Horringer Court and Macbeth from South Lee School. On Tuesday, County Upper performed Much Ado about Nothing, Horringer Court, Anthony and Cleopatra and Westley Middle School A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Staff from the theatre’s creative learning department coached the children on story telling, character, voice and staging techniques.

Pictured here children from Barrow Primary School perform their 30 minute abridged production of Romeo and Juliet. The pupils from Year 7 and 9 were the youngest taking part in the festival which aims to inspire new generations of students to enjoy The Bard.

The production used the whole cast to tableau the scenery and choral speaking to add emphasis and drama. Music featured Rhianna and Taylor Swift as well as Star Wars.

Headteacher, Alison Earl, said: “It is an exciting opportunity for the children to engage with their cultural heritage and also perform in a professional theatre.”