Harrow Way Year 11 Performing Arts students have once again been working alongside a professional actor as part of their BTEC studies. Kirsty Cox, who has numerous theatre, film and TV credits to her name, spent two weeks at Harrow Way sharing her experience and industry knowledge to help the students prepare for the show Shakespeare at War.
Euan Manson, Drama Teacher at Harrow Way, said: “Each year we set our students a huge challenge. They get a script, a professional Director and just two weeks to create a perfect performance. While the pressure may be on for our students, the opportunity to spend time with a professional actor, being treated as professionals themselves, is an invaluable, enjoyable experience.”
Shakespeare at War, is a selection of scenes and soliloquies from Shakespeare which dealt with the themes of conflict, honour, death and courage. The students rose to the challenge and by the end of week two were ready to deliver their performance to a sell-out crowd.
The theme coincided perfectly for a performance given on Armistice Day to 250 primary school students. A two minute silence is built into the finale of the show and this was timed to coincide with the school’s two minute silent.
Euan Manson comments: “The silence was immaculately observed by both performers and audience. It was an immensely moving act of remembrance.”
Harrow Way’s drama department achieved their best ever set of exam results in 2014 with 100% A* – C grades, 45% of which were A* and A grades.
Harrow Way also olds the prestigious Artsmark Gold status which is awarded by Arts Council England in recognition of the school’s commitment to, and excellence in, arts education.
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.