Celebrating the Bard

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, groups of students from College, Eggar’s School, Amery Hill School and Bordon Junior School wrote and performed their own interpretations of several works of the Bard in an open-air-theatre in the town’s Public Gardens.

The College’s contribution was written by talented students Annabel Lunskey, Joe Mobbs and Annie Coloe, who were joined in performance by fellow Thespians Rufus Morgan, Cameron Hole, Katy Mortimer, Beatrice Beaumont, Lili Isaac, Rebecca Eveleigh, Oli Lindsay, Ariella Rowe, Daniella Ballard, and Owen Trett.

Nicola Kingsley, Head of English and Performing Arts, Alton College said: To celebrate 400 years of the Bard, Alton College students performed a vibrant assortment of Shakespeare inspired pieces ranging from the ultra-modern (a fantastic Tempest Rap, Macbeth in Space with colourful wig wearing witches and Romeo and Juliet Grease-style) to the traditional (a soliloquy from Hamlet, Sonnet 116). The students were amazing, they wrote and performed their seriously impressive and imaginative take on Shakespeare’s work and the crowd thoroughly enjoyed watching them.’

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After the performance, Alton Town Mayor, Cllr Pam Jones said: ‘‘What a truly uplifting occasion is was; John and I thoroughly enjoyed the innovative and varied approaches to Shakespeare.. well done to all the young Thespians and their teachers’

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Photo - l-r - Ariella Rowe, Katy Mortimer, Beatrice Beaumont