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Local Children perform in The Shakespeare Schools Festival at The Civic

The Civic presents the world’s largest youth drama festival with performances from local schools.

The Civic brings the largest youth drama festival in the UK to Barnsley. Abridged Shakespeare plays will be performed by local schools giving them an experience of a lifetime.

The UK’s biggest Shakespeare celebration of the year, Shakespeare School Festival sees students from primary, secondary and special schools unite on stage for the celebratory finale of a six month journey. The scheme harnesses the power of performance to develop self esteem, articulacy, literacy and teamwork; skills that transform lives.

“Every child in every school ought to have the chance to experience this magical process. Long live the Shakespeare Schools Festival!” Philip Pullman, Author and Patron

Now celebrating its 18th birthday, each year Shakespeare Schools Festival gives up to 30,000 participants from 1000 schools the chance to perform in 136 professional theatres across the UK. Months of preparation culminate in exhilarating performances in professional theatres nationwide where students have the opportunity to showcase their talents with abridged performances of thrilling Shakespeare plays.

In 2018, a new generation of 3 Barnsley schools have participated, and this November will perform some of Shakespeares most loved plays in the grand setting of The Civic. Deepcar St. John's CE (VA) Junior School will perform Twelfth Night; Greenacre School will show the classic Macbeth; and Worsbrough Common Primary School will be putting on Julius Caesar. Each performance lasts around 30 minutes.

“The performance was amazingly emotional. It brought a tear to many of the audience, including the staff.  Performing it at a real theatre was such a magical experience; the lights, the music, the real audience, the evening - it added so much that we could simply not replicate at school.” Headteacher, Guildford

Shakespeare Schools Festival performance days are truly special. Each year they bring close to 100,000 people into theatres across the UK, many of whom have never been before.  This is a fantastic opportunity to inspire people with a love of theatre.

Shakespeare Schools Foundation Chief Executive Ruth Brock says: “We know that Shakespeare is difficult and off putting for many. But we also know that SSF’s unique process, which culminates in the chance to perform on professional stages, has the power to change this perception and to change lives.”

All are welcome to this inspiring evening of theatre. Whether you are a parent, friend or another local school, Shakespeare Schools Festival is a wonderful way to experience the language, magic and possibilities of Shakespeare.

Shakespeare School Festival is at The Civic on Wednesday 21 November at 7:00pm

Tickets: £9.75 | £7.75 conc

For more information and to book visit www.barnsleycivic.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01226 327000.