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Port Regis children and families treated to performance of 'As You Like It'

Published Tuesday 5th of November 2013 09:38:03 AM

The children and families of Port Regis were treated to a wonderful performance of Shakespeare�s �As You Like It� on Friday 13th September from theatre company Shakespeare Aloud!, the world�s leading charity in promoting the works, life and times of William Shakespeare and making Shakespeare's plays accessible to everyone.

The event was to take place in the school�s Rose Garden but wet weather dictated a move inside to Centenary Hall where many a school play has been performed. Year 5 children upwards were in attendance with their families to watch a cast of six, cleverly deliver a condensed version of the play. There were lots of swift costume changes (as each actor played two or three characters in the play), plenty of comedy and even a ukulele orchestra and there was much laughter throughout the performance. Guests enjoyed a twenty minute interval of fizz and canap�s before congregating back in the Hall for the second half, which ended with everyone getting married in the final scene!

Port Regis� collaboration with Shakespeare Aloud! is a new and exciting initiative designed to introduce the school�s pupils to Shakespeare and help foster a genuine interest in and appreciation of his work. The school welcomed Jennifer Hodges from Shakespeare Aloud! as �Actor in Residence� from the start of this new academic year and Jennifer will deliver the school�s termly productions as well as the LAMDA coaching � another new initiative for the academic year. She will also be involved in future productions of Shakespeare plays to be performed by Shakespeare Aloud! at school.

It was a very enjoyable evening for everyone and marked a great introduction to Shakespeare at Port Regis.

Headmaster Benedict Dunhill said of this new collaboration with Shakespeare Aloud! �We are thrilled to have Jennifer amongst us as a professional actor, she brings new qualities and enormous experience to the school. Properly introduced, children can enjoy Shakespeare from a young age and this type of production and the workshops with the actors themselves, enable children to understand the plot and staging of plays by one of our nation�s most treasured authors�.
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