Students take to stage in Shakespeare festival

Royal Shakespeare Company ambassadors from Ormiston Sudbury Academy who introduced the festival each

Royal Shakespeare Company ambassadors from Ormiston Sudbury Academy who introduced the festival each evening and assisted behind the scenes Picture: ORMISTON ACADEMIES TRUST - Credit: Archant

Nearly 400 children from 14 primary, secondary and special schools across Suffolk, Essex and Norfolk came together to take part in a Shakespeare-inspired playmaking festival.

Year 9 pupils from Ormiston Sudbury Academy performing Act III of Romeo and Juliet Picture: ORMISTON

Year 9 pupils from Ormiston Sudbury Academy performing Act III of Romeo and Juliet Picture: ORMISTON ACADEMIES TRUST - Credit: Archant

The three-day event, organised in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company, was held at the Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich last month.

The event follows Ormiston Sudbury Academy's first year as a Royal Shakespeare Company lead associate school, which has seen the academy recruit and coordinate a cluster of schools to teach and perform Shakespeare's work.

The event kicked off with a mass performance by the students, including pupils from Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) schools Ormiston Sudbury, Stoke, Victory, Rivers, Denes and Endeavour academies.

The pupils then staged three 'abridged' versions of Romeo and Juliet, with each school taking on one of the five acts.


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