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World Book Day Storms The Drama Studio

In preparation for their English SATs exams, Year 8 had the opportunity to see extracts from The Tempest performed by Year 9 with help and direction from the Harlequin Theatre.

In preparation for their English SATs exams, Year 8 had the opportunity to see extracts from The Tempest performed by Year 9 with help and direction from the Harlequin Theatre .

Shakespeare studentsAs part of World Book Day last week on March 6th, Director Beth Wood and a team of professional actors from the Harlequin Theatre in Redhill visited Henry Beaufort School. With only two hours to devise and rehearse, drama students from Year 9 were ready to perform selected scenes for Year 8. Afterwards, there was an opportunity to ask questions about the directing, acting and the character and motivation of the piece, especially in relation to the set scenes coming up in the exams.

Later in the day, the school was fortunate to have local children’s author Judy Waite visit and talk with a selection of pupils from years 8, 9 and 10. Judy Waite is an award winning author with over 30 books for children and young adults published. Drawing on her own experiences as an author, Judy was able to offer the students a valuable insight into the research, writing and the book publishing process.

The origins of World Book Day come from celebrations on 23rd April by booksellers in Catalonia, Spain, as a way to honour the author Miguel de Cervantes who died on that day. In 1995, UNESCO organised World Book Day to promote reading and was celebrated 23rd April, also coinciding with St. George’s Day and the reputed birth and death day of William Shakespeare. The day has since moved to 6th March to avoid Easter Holiday celebrations and allow schools to be involved with the celebrations.

Judy Waite and students