Since 1995, Harrow Way’s Shakespeare Project has set the same challenge to the school’s Year 11 BTEC Drama students: to take a full Shakespearean production from page to stage in just two weeks. Working alongside a professional actor the students duly delivered the play Love, Shakespeare to a sold out audiences over three nights.
During the February half-term week, with the support of professional actor, Louise Kempton (Warhorse, Dorian Grey and Doctors), the Harrow Way thespians rose to that challenge. The play, a collection of Shakespearean scenes, explores the theme of love from many angles: romantic love, familial love, abusive love; love that creates and love that destroys. Curriculum Leader for Drama Euan Manson said: “In just 12 days after they first set foot in the rehearsal room, the Year 11 students were ready. Their final challenge – to entertain more than 400 people over 3 nerve wracking shows. The result – a wonderful performance that, we hope, offered its audience yet another good reason to love Shakespeare.”
Harrow Way has an established reputation for their Performing Arts provision with 100% of its Drama students achieve the equivalent of A*-C. For more information on Harrow Way Community School, please call 01264 364533 or visit www.harroway.hants.sch.uk. Visits to the school by appointment are always welcome.