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We can now confirm dates for our next Shakespeare Festival in 2017.On March 20th and 21st, children from Crook Primary, along with children from ten other schools, will be performing at King James 1 Academy in their wonderful new theatre, our version of Shakespeare's The Tempest. Mrs Gentles will be choosing a class to participate in our new project very soon. She is looking for a class who work hard, are resilient and well behaved.
In October Mrs Gentles and Miss Macieira travelled to Stratford upon Avon to work with actors and directors from the Royal Shakespeare Company in preparation for the new Associate Schools Programme launched this term. Crook Primary is one of only 11 schools in the country that have been chosen by the RSC to pilot their new programme.It was hard work but the teachers had a great time and learned a lot.
In November Fiona Ross, actor, director and practitioner from the RSC, came to Crook Primary to deliver a training day for teachers from each school in the programme. We worked on exploring The Tempest with our children. As usual it was first class quality training and set us up for a great festival. We're lucky to be working once again with Newcastle Theatre Royal. They are our official theatre partner and will be helping us with workshops and advice.
In January the RSC's lead practitioner, Miles Tandy, will be coming to Crook Primary to deliver a second training day on producing music and sound effects for our performance. He hopes to bring a musician from the RSC's Music Department with him to enhance our work. Miles has described our Shakespeare work as 'inspirational' and always enjoys working with us. We're really looking forward to visit.