Pelsall school pupils to perform at World Shakespeare Festival

Pupils from Ryders Hayes School have been chosen to represent Walsall schools in the World Shakespeare Festival this summer.

The youngsters from class 4H will perform the scene Shylock’s Rage from The Merchant of Venice at the world-famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

It comes after they took part in a flagship RSC education project called the Learning and Performance Network, along with Pelsall Village and St Michael’s CE School, Pelsall, and four other schools across Walsall.

Class 4H at Ryders Hayes School who will represent Walsall schools at the World Shakespeare Festival in July

After months of rehearsing, the six schools staged the play at Forest Arts Centre in March, each taking on a scene.

Teachers at Ryders Hayes were trained by Fi Ross, a director at the Royal Shakespeare Company, to edit scripts and teach acting techniques.

“This is a tremendous honour and a fabulous opportunity for Ryders Hayes School,” said headteacher Joanne Speller.

“The children and staff involved are very excited at being chosen to perform with other schools from across the UK, in Stratford.  They have put so much effort into this project and it is a well- deserved reward for all their hard work and dedication.”

The children will perform their scene on July 3.

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