Shakespeare showcase

A Shakespeare showcase at Minsthorpe Community College was hailed a resounding success.

Year seven students wrote and performed a modern play telling a young boy’s detention dream of William Shakespeare’s heroes and villains.

Their play featured scenes from Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, King Lear, Richard II and Henry V, all of which they had been analysing in English lessons.

Teacher Sally Thompson, who devised and directed the performance, said: “I am so proud of my class’s hard work over the last half-term. They have made fantastic progress, working together to make Shakespeare’s language accessible and fun, and their performance was a triumph.

“I hope more students have been inspired to see the joy in Shakespeare’s works.”

Post 16 students at the Academy have also been getting involved in arts activities.

They were entertained by girl band Arizona, put together at Alder Grange School in Lancashire.

The band were performing at a number of schools, raising awareness of teenage cancer.

Headteacher Chrissie Yates, said: “They were absolutely stunning and so professional at only 15, they will definitely go far.

“We now hope to work in partnership with Alder Grange School on performing arts initiatives.”