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Primary Schools Shakespeare Festival

Wells Cathedral School hosted a Shakespeare Festival in mid-October involving pupils from two local primary school pupils.

Pupils from Croscombe Primary School and Coxley Primary School joined three classes of Year 6 pupils from Wells to perform half hour versions of five of Shakespeare’s most well loved plays: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Macbeth, The Tempest and Twelfth Night, over two evenings on 15th and 16th October.

Each Autumn nearly 30,000 young people from primary, secondary and special schools across the country unite in the world’s largest youth drama festival. Months of preparation culminate in exhilarating performance evenings; using the unique power of performance to develop self esteem, articulacy, literacy and teamwork.

Wells hosted a workshop run by local Shakespeare practitioners for teachers and directors in early September; and full technical and dress rehearsals for each play took place over the half day before the evening performance to family and friends in Cedars Hall.

The rehearsal days and performances were a resounding success and Wells looks forward to further festivals in the future.