PUPILS from Roydon Primary Academy got the chance to perform on the professional stage when they took part in the Shakespeare schools festival.
Year 4 pupils performed Romeo and Juliette at the Harlow Playhouse in front of an audience of almost 400 people.
Archie Jones, who played Lord Montague, said: “This show helped me to get over my shyness and acting in front of people.”
Fellow cast member Francesca Webb, who played Tybalt, said: “The experience has made me realise that I can push myself further in life.”
Class teacher Whitney Watson said: “Every child has been working extremely hard over the last few weeks to learn lines and bring the performance to life. Throughout the entire process, they showed a great deal of enthusiasm, dedication and hard work.
“The final performance was incredible! They showed bravery and confidence on a professional stage in front of an audience of almost 400 people. It was remarkable achievement from these young people performing alongside three secondary school casts.
“They showed a great understanding of the challenging Shakespearean language and created a thoroughly enjoyable performance. The school are very proud of everyone and thankful to all the parents who came to show their support.”