Where for art thou Romeo? Well... Montgomery High School, is the simple answer.
The Bispham school is one of just a handful nationwide to lead on an exciting programme with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and the Grand Theatre, Blackpool.
The Learning and Performance Network, a three-year programme, aims to make children and young people’s early encounters with Shakespeare exciting and relevant by making classrooms like rehearsal rooms.
Now the school is looking forward to hosting an RSC production of The Taming Of The Shrew next Tuesday, exclusively ahead of the RSC show at the Grand Theatre later next week.
Performed by RSC actors, this production comes to Montgomery as part of a tour of the UK following in the footsteps of the RSC’s other productions for younger audiences.
Tickets are selling quickly and are available from the QA Centre at Montgomery for £5.
The school will be working with seven other Blackpool schools to host a festival that demonstrates and celebrates how young people engage with and perform Shakespeare.
Cobi Barber, a Year 10 performing arts pupil, said: “I find Shakespeare fascinating, through drama we have the opportunity to express our emotions through his works and try new ideas which fit into the modern day.
“The language can be difficult to start with, but when we experiment and break it down it becomes much easier to understand.”
Hayley Gardiner, the school’s head of drama and Shakespeare project leader, said: “The purpose of the partnership is to bring significant change in the way that young people experience, engage with and take ownership of the work of Shakespeare.”