Budding Calderdale actors perform Shakespearean play

Shakespeare Schools Festival, Unicorn Theatre, Southwark, London.Bexley Grammar School, Macbeth.
Shakespeare Schools Festival, Unicorn Theatre, Southwark, London.Bexley Grammar School, Macbeth.
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Performing Arts students at Calderdale College will be showcasing their talents in a Shakespearean play.

Fourteen budding actors will perform in a shorterned version of the dark and disturbing play, Titus Andronicus, at Victoria Theatre in Halifax.

The performance is a part of Shakespeare Schools Festival which is the UK’s largest youth drama festival and Calderdale College will be taking part for the first time.

Performing Arts Lecturer, Andrea Quantrill, decided to take a different approach to Shakespeare and make it an extracurricular activity.

Andrea said: “The students were previously scared of Shakespeare, but not once has anyone said they don’t understand it. It has really worked as an extracurricular activity.”

Leanne, 16, a level 3 performing arts student, said: “I used to groan at Shakespeare but I enjoy it more now. We aren’t just reciting Shakespeare as we have music in the background and it’s really clever and very quirky.”

The performance will take place at 7pm on Monday, November 16 at Victoria Theatre in Halifax. Tickets are £10 with a booking fee. To book visit www.squarechapel.co.uk or call the box office on 01422 349422.