Students from Westfield Arts College have once again performed in the annual Shakespeare Schools Festival, the largest youth theatre festival in the world. This international festival allows students from Primary, Secondary and Special schools all over the United Kingdom to perform an abridged 30 minute version of one of Shakespeare’s plays on a professional stage.
This is the sixth year running that Westfield, a special school for students with a range of needs, have taken part in the festival, and as usual the enthusiasm and hard work of the students made for an amazing final performance.
The cast of Year 10, 11 and Sixth Form students (ages 14-19) performed Macbeth at Weymouth Pavilion on the 7th November. The lead roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth were played by Brennan and Phebe , Banquo by Ben and the vengeful Macduff by Gregory. There were outstanding performances from the whole cast including a guest appearance from an ex-pupil, who returned to support the cast. Westfield students didn’t just shine on stage though – the lights and sound for the entire show were controlled by a technical team of two students – Kieran and Nathan.
Seán Kretz, Head Teacher, said ‘We are so proud of all the students who performed. The acting and staging was superb, and the students have been inspirational, showing just what can be achieved through hard work and dedication. I am so grateful to their drama teacher, Mandy Gould, and our theatre technician, Chris Smith, for motivating the students and allowing them to believe in themselves. They performed with passion and conviction.’
Westfield performed alongside three mainstream schools on the night, which was a fantastic occasion. Huge congratulations to the cast for an amazing performance.