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Production crew visits school to film finalist Ben

 A production crew visited Stamford School on Friday 13th January to film Y10 pupil Ben Crick ahead of the grand final of the BBC’s ‘Off by Heart Shakespeare’ competition.

Ben is one of nine finalists in the national recital and performance contest after winning the regional heat of 250 entrants in Birmingham.  The competition is being made into a documentary, and the crew visited Ben in school and at home to film his introduction and background. This included filming Ben in lessons, at lunch and around school, as well as an interview with Anneke Davies, Head of Drama.

The crew will then be filming all the finalists when they compete in the grand finale, which will consist of a four day workshop, taking place from 25th – 28th January, and culminating in a final performance on 29th January. During the workshop the finalists will receive expert coaching and mentoring from the Royal Shakespeare Company, who are hosting the final in Stratford-upon-Avon; the home of Shakespeare.

Ben commented “I was quite nervous at the start of the day, but really enjoyed having the cameras follow me around. I’m excited about the final and have learnt my script, but am looking forward to the coaching sessions to help improve my performance.”

The programme will be shown as part of the BBC’s Shakespeare Season on BBC 2 on 23rd April, coinciding with Shakespeare’s birthday.

The Schools wish Ben the best of luck for the final.