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Othello: Green-eyed monsters star at Burnt Mill

Burnt Mill Academy / Fri 22nd Nov 2013 at 11:43am

THE POWER of Shakespeare saw schoolchildren take part in a countrywide festival.

Helena Mills, headteacher at Burnt Mill Academy, in First Avenue, Harlow, held an assembly on the relevance of his work, telling students he is her favourite writer.

The response was Year 9, 10 and 11 students putting together a 30-minute performance of Othello for the 2013 Shakespeare Schools Festival.

They performed alongside four other schools at the Broxbourne Civic Hall at the festival which invites UK schools to put together short versions of the plays.

Pete Marchant, from Burnt Mill, said: “Our cast of 19 students worked very hard, meeting for three after school rehearsals a week for nine weeks, as well as attending two days of rehearsals during half-term.

“Everything came together perfectly and the cast delivered their best performance on the night. The feedback was extraordinary, from people excitedly telling me how they’d understood the whole story, to our staff being so proud of the youngsters’ ability to really understand their characters.

“I was immensely proud of the cast.”

Students were challenged further in class by being tasked with performing the whole play in modern English.

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