March 11th 2019
240 Year Six pupils from local junior schools enjoyed an abridged version of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew at Adams to mark World Book Day.
The actors were members of the Junior Drama Group comprising of pupils in years 8-10 who originally performed the play in January. It was so well received by the audiences who saw it the school offered local junior school pupils the chance to enjoy it as well.
Newport Junior School, Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Primary, Moorfield Primary, Liileshall Primary and St Peter’s in Edgmond took up the offer and enjoyed the two special performances. Head of English at Adams, Edward Joplin, introduced each of the performers, helping the young audience understand the story and the characters' motivation. He was delighted that the cast were able to share their performance with a wider audience: “It was a real pleasure for our young actors to perform their version of The Taming of the Shrew again. The play is very funny and a really good introduction to Shakespeare for these junior school pupils. They seemed to really enjoy the play and if their laughter was anything to go by I’m sure they will now all have a greater understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare and the wonderful characters he created.”
Feedback from the teachers accompanying the pupils was really positive with them commenting on how it would help them as many of the pupils are about to start studying Shakespeare for the first time.
Pupils from the local primary schools are pictured with the cast.
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