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Live performances support learning as Gothic literature and Shakespeare are brought to life!

Over the last week, Year 9 and 10 students have been lucky enough to watch theatrical performances of GCSE texts.

Firstly, Year 10 students were visited by the Red Heart Theatre on Wednesday 13th April to assist with their studies of 19th century fiction, a key part of their GCSE for English language.

From the golden age of gothic horror, students witnessed the performance of three chilling tales from some of the greatest authors of the Victorian era: The Red Room by H. G Wells, The Signalman by Charles Dickens and The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe.

All pieces were performed by Rupert Mason in full, period costume with a Victorian set and atmospheric lighting and sound effects.

Students thoroughly engaged with the performances. One student said “It was very dramatic and intriguing” and that they “look forward to studying this unit of work”.



On the 19th April, it was Year 9’s turn for a spot of culture. Thanks to the energetic performances of Young Shakespeare Company, students’ understanding and enjoyment of Romeo and Juliet have undoubtedly been enhanced. The modern and interactive approach taken by this company helped students who may have been finding it difficult to imagine the text studied in the classroom as a piece of entertainment.

The students raved about the performances which were so realistic that some squirmed in their seats at the fight scene and others thought Romeo and Juliet did a little too much kissing!

For both companies, The Red Heart Theatre and Young Shakespeare Company, these were return visits and I am sure that they will be back to entertain future Year 9s and 10s…


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