P1070143Since 1995, the Shakespeare Project has set the same challenge to our Year 11 students: can you take a full Shakespearean production from page to stage in just two weeks?

During the February half-term week, Year 11 Drama students, with the support of professional actor, Louise Kempton (Warhorse, Dorian Grey & Doctors), rose to that challenge in style. The play, ‘Love, Shakespeare’, is a collection of Shakespearean scenes which explore the theme of love from many angles. Romantic love, familial love, abusive love; love that creates and love that destroys.

Just 12 days after they first set foot in the rehearsal room, the students were ready for their final challenge – to entertain more than 400 people over 3 nerve wracking shows. The result – a wonderful performance that, we hope, offered its audience yet another good reason to love Shakespeare.