A total of 31 year 5 pupils performed a half-hour abridged version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival (SSF), the UK’s largest youth drama festival, at the end of November.
The adaptation, directed by Bronnie Williams, was based in the enchanted gardens of Athens. It featured funky fairy ornaments, slow motion sword fights and lots of sequins, all to a soundtrack of 80s hits!
The children’s performance at the Exeter Phoenix was such a success that they were asked to perform again at The Princess Theatre in Torquay.
Feedback from the SSF was very positive; they loved the sense of fun and humour that the children brought to the story and were very impressed with our young company.
Emily Quest, who played Peter Quince, said afterwards: “Performing in a professional theatre was an awesome experience. It was the most amazing memory of my school life. I will treasure it forever!”
Bronnie Williams added: “I am in awe of the talent and professionalism demonstrated by our children in this project; their grasp of the Shakespearian language was astounding. It has been a truly special and unforgettable experience for us all. I am so very proud of what they have achieved.”