EDUCATION charity Shakespeare Schools Festival is set to mark Shakespeare’s 450th birthday year by throwing him the biggest party he has ever seen. The charity’s largest festival to date will see 35,000 young people take to professional stages across the UK. Schools in Pembrokeshire are taking the festival to a whole new level, with 46 schools in the county taking part, with performances running from November 11-13 at Mwldan, Cardigan.
Throughout November, renditions of the Bard’s best loved plays will be brought to life with primary, secondary and Pembrokeshire’s only special school all presenting their own interpretations of Shakespeare on professional stages. Schools can perform in either English or Welsh, or a mixture of the two, as some schools are choosing to. November 11 features performances at Mwldan, Cardigan from Wolfcastle Primary School, Ysgol Bro Ingli, Ysgol Llanychllwydog, Ysgol Bro Gwaun;
November 12 features performances from Ysgol Glannau Gwaun, Ysgol Wdig, Puncheston County Primary School, and November 13 features performances from Maenclochog County Primary School, Eglwyswrw County Primary School, Ysgol Clydau Brynconin Community Primary School and Ysgol y Preseli. Eva John is leader for English and Literacy for Pembrokeshire LEA, who are fully in support of the project: “The entire county is working together in a celebratory event that raises the profile of the world’s most famous writer whilst celebrating the talents of our children.
It is an opportunity to raise aspirations.” Now in its 14 year, SSF aims to give young people the chance to experience the thrill of live theatre and raise their aspirations though achieving something amazing. This year, the charity has already showcased its work for His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and now invites local communities to come together in support of the hard work put in by every school involved.