Brentwood drama students perform Shakespeare at virtual festival

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Brentwood School pupils filming Much Ado About Nothing

Fourth year drama students from Brentwood School in Essex took part in a night of theatre on Friday, November 20.

The school’s young actors performed Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing alongside pupils from hundreds of schools across the country who also took part in #OneNightofShakespeare which was performed live on YouTube.

One Night of Shakespeare is a new initiative that is part of Coram Shakespeare Schools Festival 2020, aimed at helping children and communities reconnect and rediscover how Shakespeare and performance can enrich and inspire.

In what has been a unique year, with the UK’s theatres closed, Coram SSF pledged to keep creativity and drama on the agenda.

“Arts venues may be closed – but the young people of this country will stage an extraordinary night of performance. Through the biggest theatrical event of the year, together, we’ll show how our children and our teachers are the best hope for the future.” – Coram SSF

Filming for Much Ado About Nothing took part in the school’s nationally-acclaimed performing arts studios and the school’s Victorian Chapel. It is apt that the culmination of the project coincides with World Children’s Day.

Brentwood School second in drama, Mrs Sophie Hermosa, said: “The students have worked so hard in order to pull the performance together in these extraordinary times. Although we haven’t had the chance to perform live, we have had the opportunity to film the performance in a site specific way and to work on completely different skills.

“We are so excited to be a part of this fabulous project and I think Coram Shakespeare Foundation have created an amazing experience and night against all odds.”

On their national platform, Coram SSF will host show clips, rehearsal footage and student interviews from schools across the UK, including Brentwood School.

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The Brentwood Gazette covers areas including but not limited to Billericay, Brentwood and Wickford, Essex.



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