Much ado about St Colman’s
This year fifteen year 9 students got involved with the Shakespeare in Schools festival. The Shakespeare Schools Festival (SSF) charity is the largest youth drama festival in the UK. By the end of this year's Festival they will have enabled 100,000 young people to unlock their potential on the stage. SSF provides an active way of learning that is fun. Their aim however is to bridge "the attainment gap" by boosting articulacy and confidence as well as imparting key employability skills such as teamwork, peer leadership and self-discipline - all in addition to the benefits of Shakespeare's language, themes and characters.
St Colman’s along with five other schools across the province got involved this year. Our chosen piece was the classic ‘Macbeth’. From the outset the pupils were enthusiastic, lively and energetic. Considering most of them had never acted before they didn’t let the barrier of the Shakespearean language hold them back. We rehearsed lunchtimes and after school to ensure that the performance was just right. The fifteen boys from different classes became a team and helped one another along.