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Stamford School Boy on the Beeb!

Stamford School’s Ben Crick, Year 10, will be featured in the BBC2 ‘Off By Heart Shakespeare’ programme on Saturday 19th May at 8pm. Ben progressed through to the national final of the BBC’s ‘Off by Heart Shakespeare’ competition after winning the regional final.

Ben, 15, represented Stamford School among 250 entrants at the regional heats in Birmingham. Here, students had to recite a speech they had learnt to a small judging panel, made up of professionals from the world of Shakespeare and theatre. Ben chose to recite Shylock’s “To bait fish withal” from ‘The Merchant of Venice.’ Contestants also joined a workshop designed to help them understand and enjoy Shakespeare’s language through performance-based games and techniques.

Anneke Davies, Head of Drama, commented “This is a really fantastic achievement for Ben and we are all very excited to see Ben on the BBC!”

No stranger to the work of Shakespeare, Ben previously starred as ‘Snout’ in last year’s school production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and was in the supporting cast of the Stamford Shakespeare Company’s production of ‘The Winter’s Tale’ at Tolethorpe open-air theatre over summer 2011. In September Ben also played the lead role in the National Youth Theatre production of ‘SLICK’ in Sheffield. Ben also enthralled audiences in his role as ‘Thenardier’ in the Stamford Endowed Schools’ production of ‘Les Misérables’.