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Superb Shakespeare Schools Festival

 Students from across the Stamford Endowed Schools took part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival (SSF) at Stamford Corn Exchanges earlier this week. SSF is the UK’s largest Youth Drama Festival with 1000 schools taking part across 120 theatres.

The evening consisted of four abridged plays, three of which were performed by students from Y5 -13 at the Endowed Schools. Stamford Junior School performed the classic comedy Twelfth Night while the Middle and Senior school students of Stamford School and Stamford High School performed their interpretations of two great Shakespearian tragedies: Macbeth and Othello.

 The audience were enthralled by the talented young actors who brought Shakespeare alive with their mature adaptations of these iconic plays. 

Anneke Davies, Head of Drama at Stamford School, said: “All three performances were fantastic – a real showcase of the talent across the whole of the Stamford Endowed Schools and such a testament to the students for their commitment, enthusiasm and energy. I have thoroughly enjoyed directing and working with the Othello cast who were such an inspirational group of young actors. They embraced the ethos behind the Shakespeare Festival and their ensemble work was at the heart of the success of their performance.”

Rutland Radio interviewed a couple of Junior School pupils ahead of their Twelfth Night performance. You can listen to the recording here.

Please click here to view a gallery of photos from the SSF dress rehearsal.