Our final curtain call

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Our final curtain call

Our final curtain call

Well, our production of Romeo and Juliet is over! It was a long day of rehearsals and waiting around at the theatre, but it was so worthwhile.  The children performed brilliantly and, I think, stunned the parents with what they were capable of. I am so proud of them. I am definitely looking forward to getting my teacher planning time back, along with my Wednesday evenings, but watching these kids grow in confidence and self-belief is what it’s all about.  As well as developing their enthusiasm for Shakespeare and the arts. They have achieved so much. I’m grateful to have

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Send that note

Send that note

I just received a message from my old head teacher–a man I really like personally, and admire so much as a leader–to wish me good luck for our Year 5 Shakespeare production tomorrow.  (You may recall that I have been directing a group of ten-year-olds in Romeo and Juliet for the past few months…) It was such a lovely surprise and so nice of him to remember and think to write.  It definitely gave me a boost ahead of the performance! Before I drift into unconsciousness, I just want to urge everyone to send that little message you’ve been thinking

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All eyes gaze on us

All eyes gaze on us

Our production date is almost upon us! On Wednesday, I will be taking seventeen Year 5 students (aged 10 and 11) to a local theatre to perform ‘Romeo and Juliet’ to their parents, teachers and two other primary schools.  This is part of the Shakespeare for Schools Festival, a wonderful organisation that trains teachers to become directors and allows children, even from the most deprived areas of the U.K., to perform a Shakespeare play in a professional theatre.  It is a magical experience for the children and I am really looking forward to seeing the fruits of their labour on

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