It's a cold, wet evening in February and 200 students are enjoying dinner together. King Lear breaks bread with Bottom while Lady Macbeth shares a joke with Cleopatra: it can only be the Second Form Shakespeare evening!
Each year, students spend a half term immersed in the works of the greatest writer in the English language before taking to the stage for an evening of performances: The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Henry IV Part 1, Othello, Macbeth, King Lear and Julius Caesar.
The experience builds and develops confidence in literature and performing arts. It is also a lot of fun. From the organised mayhem of the dress rehearsal to the feelings of wonder at performing challenging material to an audience, it's an experience the students are left wanting to repeat.
Success is therefore not measured by the quality of the performances alone, but by the enjoyment had by those taking part.
"Sir, I had no idea Shakespeare could be so fun… I loved that. When can we do it again!"
Second Form, Performer