Pupils from the three Pelsall primary schools are working together to stage The Merchant of Venice this week as part of an innovative project with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
The children, from St Michael’s CE, Ryders Hayes and Pelsall Village schools, will join youngsters from Birchills Primary and Blue Coat Secondary schools for the inaugural performance.
The play is being staged as part of a flagship RSC education project called the Learning and Performance Network.
Last year, the schools introduced the works of Shakespeare to the pupils and this year they were given the opportunity to stage The Merchant of Venice.
Each school will perform different scenes from the play at the Forest Arts Centre on Wednesday, March 14.
St Michael’s School is a hub school for the project, which means it is responsible for a small cluster of local schools and led the project in the town.
Teacher Helen Buckroyd said: “It has been our pleasure to involve them in drama and creative training, concentrating on practical approaches to the teaching and learning of Shakespeare in the primary and secondary classroom.”
Mrs Buckroyd and a colleague from St Michael’s spent five days training at the RSC to become leading teachers of Shakespeare.
“Initially I was afraid that the children would be scared of the text and that the themes may be too adult, but they have embraced the text fearlessly and shown a wonderful commitment and enthusiasm,” she said.
“For them, Shakespeare is fun and exciting. What more can we ask?”
- The Merchant of Venice is being staged at Forest Arts Centre on Wednesday, March 14 at 1.30pm.