Shakespeare Schools Festival brings the Bard's words to Llanelli
ALL the world's a stage – well, for 1,000 schools around the UK it has been, thanks to the Shakespeare Schools Festival.
The festival treads the boards at Llanelli's Ffwrnes theatre on Wednesday, November 6 and Thursday, November 7.
Four schools will be performing four different half hour productions of Shakespeare plays each night.
On the Wednesday, St Mary's RC Primary School, Ysgol Heol Goffa, Ysgol Bro Dinefwr, and Coedcae School will be performing.
And the following night, Llechyfedach Primary School, Bigyn Primary School, Rhyd-y-Gors School and Support Service, and Glan y Môr School will be performing.
It is the largest youth drama festival in the UK and its helping to bring the bard's work to young actors and audiences.
The festival has been working with 1,000 secondary, primary, and special schools all over the UK. CEO of Shakespeare Schools Festival Penelope Middleboe said: "When children are given the opportunity to frame Shakespeare in their own terms, the magic begins.
"We call it CSI Shakespeare — to challenge, support and inspire every child through performing Shakespeare's work."
Each night gives young performers the chance to stage abridged Shakespeare productions in the professional theatre.
Pupils from schools in and around Llanelli will be performing paired down versions of Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, and Richard III.
Penelope added: "It is patent that any child, whatever their background, and regardless of any learning, physical or cultural challenge they may be facing, can grasp the bard's great words and make them their own."
Patron of the festival, best-selling author Philip Pullman said: "Every child in every school ought to have the chance to experience this magical process."
The performances start at 7pm on both nights.