NPTC Group of Colleges? acting students from the Neath Campus have joined over 35,000 young people from across the UK to perform abstract productions of William Shakespeare?s famous plays as part of the 2015 Schools Shakespeare Festival.
The budding actors took to the stage to perform Macbeth at the Gwyn Hall, Neath with three other local schools including Birchgrove Comprehensive School as part of the UK-wide festival.
NPTC Group of Colleges? Drama Lecturer Bethan Griffiths has worked closely with Festival Coordinator Naomi Lawson and the Shakespeare Schools? Manager Elaine in the run up to the performance; she attended a director?s workshop and also organised a student workshop with theatre professionals. This workshop included work on storytelling, character, voice, ensemble building and staging techniques.
The Schools Shakespeare Festival is the UK?s largest youth drama festival and enables over 1,000 primary, secondary, and colleges to stage abridged Shakespeare productions in their local professional theatres.
Bethan explained, ?It?s been incredibly challenging to tell the classical story as an adapted snippet but rewarding; the students have thoroughly enjoyed adapting the piece. This wouldn?t have been possible without the help and expertise of the Shakespeare School and their experience of working with professional directors.?