Benjamin Britten Academy of Music & Mathematics

An 11-18 co-educational day school and Centre of Excellence in Mathematics

Shakespeare Schools Festival Workshop at the Marina Theatre.

Twenty six of our students accompanied by Mrs Sweetman, Mrs Reynolds and Ms Banns attended a workshop at The Marina Theatre in Lowestoft on Monday 10th October to help prepare them for their forth-coming performance of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest as part of their involvement with the Shakespeare Schools Festival.

In November, over 1000 schools will perform in 138 theatres from Aberdeen to Aberdare, Carlisle to Clacton in the world’s largest youth drama festival – the Shakespeare Schools Festival. This is an extra-special year for the festival organisers as 2016 marks 400 years since Shakespeare’s death, so what better way to celebrate this than by performing his plays to the public.

While at the Marina Theatre, our students had the chance to present some of their performance so far to the workshop leaders, Abbie and Will, for some professional feedback and guidance. They also had the opportunity to work alongside staff and students from the John Grant School in Norfolk which they found a really positive experience, with a number of our young people commenting on how enjoyable they found working with others who have complex needs, including severe learning difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and profound and multiple learning difficulties.

As their live performance draws closer, the cast will be working hard to put the finishing touches to their work so far. If you would like to support our students by coming to watch the performance it will be taking place on Wednesday 23rd November from 7.00 pm. Tickets can be booked via the Marina Theatre’s box office. We look forward to seeing you there!