Shakespeare festival returns to Pembrokeshire roots

November 4, 2010


The UK’s largest youth drama project, which started life in Pembrokeshire a decade ago, is returning to its roots.

Pupils from eight schools will perform half-hour adaptations of some of Shakespeare’s plays at the Torch Theatre in Milford Haven.

The Shakespeare Schools Festival now involves more than 600 schools a year.

Patrons include dramatist Sir Tom Stoppard, author Philip Pullman and Oscar winners Dame Judi Dench and Kevin Spacey.

It started in 2000 when eight schools in Pembrokeshire performed abridged half-hour scripts made for the S4C and BBC Wales series, Shakespeare – The Animated Tales.

The festival now sees professional actors and students working together across the UK and it has also spread overseas to South Africa and Australia.

Nick Connerton, the festival’s co-ordinator in Wales, said it gave pupils from all backgrounds and ability the chance to perform plays in their local theatres and allowed teachers to train as directors.
Read the full article and see a video clip on the BBC page here.

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