Performing the dream… Clarendon students invited to perform at Stratford
Twenty Year 7 and 8 students at Clarendon Academy have the opportunity of a lifetime – to perform their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Other Place Theatre in Shakespeare’s home town of Stratford upon Avon. Clarendon has been chosen as one of only 52 schools across the whole UK to perform there on Wednesday 6 July as part of the year-long celebration of Shakespeare’s life.
Ali Warren, Clarendon’s Drama teacher, said “We’ve always known our students are brilliant in performance, and we’ve got a good reputation all over Wiltshire for this, but national recognition at this level is a completely different thing. Many actors dream of the opportunity to perform on one of the stages at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, following the footsteps of the greatest actors of our time – so it’s something incredibly special when you get to do it when you’re still in Year 7!
“This invitation follows the performances the ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream Company’ gave of their Sixties-style take on the play during Shakespeare’s birthday weekend in April. They introduced 200 local primary school children to Shakespeare’s hugely popular comedy and then gave an evening performance to their parents. I am unbelievably proud of them!”
Owen Raisey, who plays Demetrius, said “It was really fun doing the play the first time and I can’t wait to do it all again. You don’t get chances like this very often.” Ed Low, who plays Oberon, added “We liked entertaining people – getting to do it again is great!”
Clarendon Academy’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Company will be performing at The Other Place in Stratford on Avon at 3.00pm on Wednesday 6 July. Clarendon Academy is proud to be an Education Fellowship academy.