Performing Arts ‘Shakes up Shakespare’ to aid local Charity

As part of the year 10 Btec Performing Arts course, the learners presented their interpretation of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ in November 2016, as part of the School’s Shakespeare Festival at the Carriageworks, Leeds. Such was the success of this performance the learners asked if they could study a further Shakespeare text for performance.  Having chosen ”Macbeth’ the learners become so engrossed in Shakespeare and his language they decided to present both plays along with several soliloquies from other famous Shakespeare texts in an evening event called ‘Shake up Your Shakespeare.’ Rather than making a profit on the evening it was suggested that the money raised from ticket sales should be given to a local charity.  Arielle Astin, one of the learners in the group, suggested the local charity BD4 Family which runs from St. John’s church. The evening raised £120 and the learners were delighted to present Mel Astin, the charity chairperson with a cheque for BD4 Family. Mrs Astin was overwhelmed by their generosity and commented, ‘It is wonderful to see young people raising money in this way.’ She thanked the learners and assured them that the money would be put to very good use.


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