Young thespians in Shakespeare play

BUDDING thespians from the borough took to the stage this week to tackle a classic William Shakespeare play.

Pupils from Holy Cross RC Primary School in Wallsend, performed Julius Caesar on Monday, October 3, at the Playhouse Whitley Bay, as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival.

The 20 year 6 pupils, including ten-year-old Phoebe Calboutin, who played Caesar’s wife, spent weeks rehearsing ahead of the show to get to grips with the difficult Shakespearean language.

Phoebe, pictured, said: “It’s been really fun and interesting rehearsing the play.

“It’s also been good learning about Shakespeare, although some of the language in the books can be difficult to understand at first – but I think we’ve all got to grips with it now.”

Head teacher Angela Burns added: “We are very proud of all of our children and the performance was a testament to their work and effort.

“This has been a great opportunity to develop the children’s talents and to promote a love of literature.

“We are also honoured to be part of the National Theatre project and it is wonderful for our children to experience Shakespeare and enjoy it as much as they have.”

The Shakespeare Schools Festival is the UK’s largest youth drama festival and this is the first year that primary schools have been involved.