Battle of the Bards for Burnt Mill students

Burnt Mill and Epping St John's School students discovered Shakespeare can be fun when they put on a joint production.

A GROUP of students at Burnt Mill Academy, Harlow, and Epping St John’s School, Epping, discovered Shakespeare can be fun when they put on a joint production.

The young actors took to the stage to take part in a Battle of the Bards, performing Henry IV before Epping St John’s students put on a version of Othello for the same audience.

Storylines were adapted, but the plots and language were kept true to Shakespeare.

Cristin Casey, director of performing arts for both BMAT schools, said, “We try to take learning of Shakespeare outside of just the language and bring the language to life through performance.

“We are committed to providing these high-quality opportunities and enabling students to benefit from the value of live performance.”

Stephen Hehir, executive head, said, “This is a great way for students to learn and live Shakespeare. Not only is this vital for their academic studies, but it is also important from a social aspect as it gives students confidence in their own performing abilities.”

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