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A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream Re-​Imagined

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Stu­dents, staff, par­ents and mem­bers of the gen­eral pub­lic thor­oughly enjoyed a fan­tas­tic array of spec­tac­u­lar per­for­mances of A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream Re-​Imagined to cel­e­brate the end of Year 2 of the King Ethel­bert Royal Shake­speare Com­pany Learn­ing and Per­for­mance Net­work on Tues­day, 21st June.
Eight schools took part alto­gether, with pupils rang­ing in age from seven to fif­teen. The eight schools are part of the Learn­ing and Per­for­mance Net­work clus­ter brought together by King Ethel­bert in part­ner­ship with­The Royal Shake­speare Com­pany and The Mar­lowe Theatre.
The event was attended by mem­bers of The Royal Shake­speare Com­pany and attracted great praise for the high qual­ity, enter­tain­ing and pro­fes­sion­ally pol­ished per­for­mances by all the schools. Marvellous!
The schools who per­formed are: King Ethel­bert, Cliftonville Pri­mary, St. Sav­iours Pri­mary, Dame Janet Pri­mary, St. Mary’s Catholic Pri­mary (Whit­stable), High­worth Gram­mar, KIngs Rochester School and The Ash­ford School.
Each school put on its own cre­atively adapted per­for­mance of a scene from A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream, per­formed in sequence on midsummer’s day, to mark the 400th anniver­sary year of Shakespeare’s death, link­ing up with national cel­e­bra­tions all over the country.
Par­ents, teach­ers and the local com­mu­nity beamed with pride as they watched, amazed and delighted by the qual­ity and enter­tain­ment value of the per­for­mances, which were staged across out­door venues in Mar­gate, includ­ing The Turner Con­tem­po­rary, the sea steps adja­cent to The Old Town and var­i­ous iconic loca­tions within Dream­land Amuse­ment Park. Audi­ences fol­lowed the per­for­mances to every loca­tion in four per­for­mances in the evening, cul­mi­nat­ing in a joy­ful final flash-​mob event, set to Frank Sinatra’s “Love”.
All thanks go to The Mar­lowe The­atre for a fan­tas­tic job coor­di­nat­ing the event and pro­vid­ing the stun­ning pho­tog­ra­phy, mak­ing the whole day turn out to be what can only be described as an event of total joy, awe and won­der. Thanks also to The Turner Con­tem­po­rary for their sup­port and use of their out­side area for the per­for­mance area which rep­re­sented The Court of Athens as the start of the prom­e­nade performance.
Well done all our per­form­ers from all the schools, and their teach­ers, for bring­ing Shakespeare’s most pop­u­lar play to the heart of Mar­gate, and into the hearts of all the assem­bled audiences!
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