NewVIc Performing Arts and Music

NewVIc students shine at Shakespeare Schools Festival

Shakespeare Schools Festival

NewVIc Performing Arts students performed a spellbinding production of 'The Tempest' as part of the UK's largest youth drama event, the Shakespeare School's Festival.

Performing at Stratford Circus, students from NewVIc, Cumberland School and two local Primary Schools performed abridged productions of The Tempest, Julius Caesar, Hamlet and A Midsummer Night Dream.

It was a very rewarding experience for the students as the rehearsal process involved an exciting workshop with professional directors and actors. The performance involved shadow puppetry, physical theatre and live singing. Directed by drama teacher Annie John, the music was composed by NewVIc's Music Technology students under the direction of music teacher John Crockford.

Michael Tucker, Festival Coordinator, said about the NewVIc performers: "Your cast did you proud. From their professional behaviour behind the scenes to their commitment, focus and talent on the stage, they proved their ability to perform in a professional venue. I hope that they will never forget how it felt to hear an audience applaud their achievement, and that it will help them to tackle their next challenge with increased confidence".

Sean Donnelly who played Trinculo said "When I started the project I didn't think I would be able to play a Shakespeare character but with the support of the directors I began to feel more comfortable. On show night I was really eager and excited to show the piece. Overall the whole experience was sensational - something I will never forget."

Murshed Ahmed who played both Stephano and Ferdinand added "It was a fantastic opportunity to be given a chance to display our talents. I felt really happy that we were able to work with Primary and Secondary pupils as we were all able to learn from each other. The performance overall was entertaining and enlightening and we were lucky to get the chance to perform on a large scale professional stage"

The Performing Arts team are very proud of the group's achievements and look forward to working with them on their next production project which will be performed at London's Tricycle Theatre.