Pupils perform Shakespeare @ the Lyric
A chance for children to perform at a professional theatre
Pupils from the borough’s primary and secondary schools brought the Bard to life when they took to the Lyric Hammersmith stage for Shakespeare: Live! – a two-night celebration featuring three of his best-loved plays.
Shortened versions of Macbeth, Hamlet and Romeo & Juliet were performed on Wednesday and Thursday (17-18 November) by children who have been working with professional theatre company Dramarama.
All the plays have been staged at local schools earlier in the year but this was the first chance for children to perform them at a professional theatre. The audience comprised parents, headteachers and school staff, as well as local residents and guests from the council and the government’s Department for Education and Skills.
Shakespeare: Live! was jointly organised and produced by Dramarama and the council’s Excellence in Cities (EiC) team. EiC, which provided funding for the project, is part of a government scheme to address the particular challenges facing children and teachers in urban areas.
The schools taking part in Shakespeare: Live! were:
Phillip Gates, co-artistic director of Dramarama with Kate Allerston, said: “This was a celebration of the talent of young actors in the borough as well as a showcase for our successful collaborations with local schools and the council.”
Bernie Peploe, deputy head of Fulham Cross School, said their all-girl version of Macbeth was first performed at the school in the summer.
Tony Bobbett, from Fulham, whose daughter Rebecca, 11, was one of the young actors taking part in the Shakespeare: Live! production of Hamlet, said: “I am not a theatre-going person but I really enjoyed their first performance of Hamlet in the summer. All the children were very good.
The borough’s mayor, Cllr Charlie Treloggan, who attended Shakespeare: Live!, said: “We are very proud of the high standard of work which our schools have produced in collaboration with Dramarama. This is a great example of how the Excellence in Cities programme has enabled us to provide an exciting range of extra academic and creative opportunities for pupils.”
November 21, 2004