“Oh God, sir, she’s a dish I love not!”…Much Ado About Nothing

All cast at the wedding - 'Don Pedro needs a wife''

All cast at the wedding – ‘Don Pedro needs a wife”

When the dish is Shakespeare, most students love it not, unless you are a student at Barry Comprehensive School.  Recently, Barry Comprehensive School took part in the UK’s biggest youth drama festival.  A selection of students from years 11, 12 and 13 participated in the Shakespeare Schools Festival 2013, at the Millennium Centre, Cardiff.  They performed “Much Ado About Nothing”.

On the night, these GCSE and A level, Theatre Studies students, performed to a packed audience and had the time of their lives.  Every detail of the production was finely tuned.  Full of comedy and fun, all the characters were brought to life and Shakespeare’s words flowed confidently.  The audience absolutely loved the production which realised their son’s and daughter’s potential to perform Shakespeare in a professional theatre.

Barry Comprehensive School carries a flag for Shakespeare’s verse and being part of the festival was only one of the many projects that the Drama Department are involved in as part of its ongoing crusade to raise literacy levels and awareness that Shakespeare is, as ever, available for all ages and abilities. Our students certainly challenged themselves and discovered their talents and they are proud to be part of the ‘Shakespeare Generation’

A huge thank you to a very talented cast and all the staff at the Millennium Centre.  Thank you for making their dreams come true – acting on a professional stage and speaking the words of the great Bard himself!

Photos of the performance at Barry Comprehensive School  by Scott Nelson

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