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ACS Cobham students share Shakespeare's stage

Published Wednesday 9th of November 2016 03:14:08 PM

A group of 18 ACS Cobham International School students recently travelled to Stratford-upon-Avon for a three-day Theatre Arts Programme Symposium hosted by the International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA). The Symposium was part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Theatre curriculum and took place in the historical Royal Shakespeare Theatre, home of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). Students developed their performance and co-operation skills through a series of workshops and seminars held by world-class ISTA artists and theatre companies. Alongside other IB students from all over the world, the 17-18 year olds were encouraged to hone sophisticated performing arts techniques and took part in master classes in Beijing Opera and Trestle Masks. After seeing two performances by the RSC as well as taking part in the dynamic workshops with theatre experts, students were inspired to create their own theatre productions at the Symposium. One ACS Cobham IB student commented: “The master classes on Beijing Opera fighting and Mask work were both fantastic. They were by far the highlight of my trip this year. They had so much to them which just captured my interest and never let it go.” Martha Close, High School Drama teacher at ACS Cobham, added: “The chance to create with a community of equally enthusiastic drama students and leading experts was inspiring for our students. Also, it was a privilege to see the Royal Shakespeare Company in performance.”
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