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Romeo & Juliet

Shakespeare Schools Theatre Festival is a cultural education project that supports young people to perform abridged Shakespeare plays on professional theatre stages. On Wednesday 9th February 2022, Wavell’s cast went to the South Hill Arts Park Centre in Bracknell for their performance of ‘Romeo & Juliet.’

Wavell had the honour of opening the show and they attacked the performance with energy and passion. We were so proud of their perseverance and commitment especially due to all the COVID restrictions they faced during rehearsals. Despite the fact the world was still enduring a pandemic the students managed to create a highly impactful version of the story. They came up with the idea of the two families being two rival football teams whose hate caused the downfall of the whole sport. Despite the fact that the play was originally a tragedy, the brilliant cast managed to incorporate many moments of light-hearted comedy into the text and also end with a hopeful message pushing for equality within the game.

Congratulations again to all those involved and a special thank to the student directors for all their extra work.

 Feedback from audience members/ parents:

What a fantastic night! Super proud of all of our kids. It was especially lovely to see how much our lot enjoyed both performing and watching the other schools perform. 

Such an enjoyable evening, well done to everyone involved. Special thanks to the teachers giving up their time.

Fantastic performances from everyone, what a great night!

What a fantastic night, they all did so well. Congratulations.

Wow wow you lot are amazing, such a fab evening felt so proud watching them all. 

Brilliant performance! Everyone's hard work paid off! Super proud of them.

Feedback from students:

I enjoyed being part of a group and working together to do something fun.

I learnt that putting on a production is not as stressful as it might seem, it’s all fun.

I would say it is an amazing experience and it helps boost your confidence!

Definitely do it, it was really fun and it creates a sense of community amongst other drama students.

The best part of Shakespeare school’s festival was performing with the other schools, it was an experience one could only hope for.

It helped me understand Shakespeare… Being part of the festival gives you a deeper understanding of how his language works.