Vandyke Students Performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company

Published on 12 September 2016

Vandyke Students Performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company

Students from Vandyke followed in the footsteps of some of the world’s best known actors this summer, when they performed in Stratford-upon-Avon as part of the RSC’s Dream Team Playmaking Festival for schools.

The festival was the culmination of a national call-out to schools to join the RSC’s Dream Team 2016 and celebrate Shakespeare’s life and work in the year that marks the 400th anniversary of his death. Schoolchildren from schools across the UK descended upon Shakespeare’s home town to perform their work in front of a live audience at either The Other Place, the RSC’s iconic studio  theatre, or The Dell, the RSC’s magical outdoor performance space.

20 students from Leighton Buzzard aged 13 and 14 performed an abridged version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The students were also able to hone their theatre-making skills in a number of workshops and masterclasses led by actors and creatives from the RSC.  Vandyke created a magical performance with multi-rolling, physical theatre and most of all fun. Shakespeare’s greatest comedy was alive on The Dell Stage.

Commenting on the Festival, Fiona Ingram, Head of Young People’s programmes at RSC Education, said: “At the start of the year we invited schools to join the RSC Dream Team to celebrate Shakespeare’s life and work 400 years after his death and the response has been incredible. We have been blown away by the imagination, energy and sheer quality of the work. The project has generated a lot of fun and creative expression, but it’s been especially inspiring to see young people tackling some of the really difficult issues that they see and encounter in the world today and exploring them through their interpretive choices and performances.”

The RSC’s Dream Team 2016 Festival is supported by The Sainsbury Trust.