Shakespeare festival at Mayfield School

BARD Charlotte Kenna, 15, playing Puck during her Shakespeare scene at Mayfield School.  Picture: Sarah Standing (113919-2007)
BARD Charlotte Kenna, 15, playing Puck during her Shakespeare scene at Mayfield School. Picture: Sarah Standing (113919-2007)
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THE MAGICAL world of Shakespeare’s most popular comedy was brought to life by a group of talented schoolchildren taking part in a festival celebrating the playwright.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, performed by students from Mayfield School in North End, and youngsters from Northern Parade Juniors was a big success story for this year’s annual Shakespeare Schools Festival.

The schools were among five locally which put on half-hour-long productions of the Bard’s plays at Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal.

The others were Portsmouth Grammar School with A Winter’s Tale, Charter Academy with Macbeth and Miltoncross with A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Richard Tyrell, Mayfield’s community arts co-ordinator, who directed the play, said: ‘It was a superb experience for everyone – and the audience loved it. What was so lovely was seeing our students and those from Northern Parade working so well together.

‘The whole idea of this scheme is to show that Shakespeare is fun and accessible, even though it can be daunting in terms of the language and complexity of plots.

‘Everyone rose to the challenge and brought out the fun characters.’