Nord Anglia Global Campus presents William Shakespeare Global Theatre Challenge

At Nord Anglia Education we’re ambitious,
ambitious for our students our staff and our schools. We’re committed to creating unique
global opportunities that inspire our students to be ambitious in their
learning. This year to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death we challenged our students to perform some of his most iconic pieces. The William Shakespeare Global Theater
Challenge encouraged students to be expressive and learn new skills of
performance. From all over the world Nord Anglia students have brought to life some of Shakespeare’s most famous works. Students had the opportunity to explore
Shakespeare’s writing and think about how the characters felt and expressed
themselves. Over 20 schools have taken part and we’ve seen some brilliantly diverse
performances and interpretations. There were two categories that students
could enter. The first was to learn a monologue from the play “As You Like It”. “But one man in his time plays many parts” “His act being seven ages” “At first the infant, mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.” “The school boy, with his satchel, creeping like snail unwillingly to school.” “Then the lover sighing like a furnace with a woeful ballad, made to his mistress’ eyebrow.” “And then a soldier, full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard, jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel seeking the bubble reputation, even in
the cannon’s mouth.” We’ve seen impressive performances in
English, Korean, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, and Chinese. In the second category
students were encouraged to select and perform a monologue from any of Shakespeare’s plays. Students selected from the canon of great works and covered
performances from Macbeth, Hamlet, As You Like It, Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry the Fifth, Comedy of Errors, Loves Labour’s Lost, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, and
many others. We’re so excited to be celebrating the following winners and
all who took part. Beatrice: “All the world’s a stage and all the men
and women merely players.They have their exits and their entrances.” Mr Nigel De Sousa: We loved your speech Beatirce, your rendition of the whole speech. You put a lot of time into learning it and we were particularly impressed by the energy and drive in your delivery. Maria: (First sentence in Spanish) “They have their exits and their entrances.” Miss Charlotte Bovingdon: “We thought there was a real confidence and emotion in your performance and that was reflected in both the English and
Spanish interpretations of your text. You gave a really centered and very mature presentation with a lovely use of movement. Sondos: “And one man in his time plays many parts. His acts being seven ages.” Mr David Robinson: She had perfect articulation, beautiful pose, wonderful pacing where she took her time, and had very natural gestures in there as well. Cooper: “This island is mine, by Sycorax my mother, which thou takest from me. When thous camest first.” Charlotte: We thought your
performance was exceptionally competent and dynamic. Prithviraj: “YOU COMMON CRY OF CURS! Whose breath I hate. As reek o’the rotten fens.” Charlotte: We chose you for joint third place because we thought you gave an especially expressive performance. It was passionate, it was clearly enunciated, you varied your tone of voice to suit your character beautifully. Joshua: “Our true intent is all for your
delight we are not here. That you should here repent you, The actors are at hand and by their show, you shall know all that you are like to know.” Nigel: You speak slowly and
clearly, and you are enjoying the words which is fantastic. Allyana: “She hath prevailed with him. And you are grown so high in his esteem. Because I am so dwarfish and so low? How low am I, thou painted maypole? Speak.” Charlotte: We can tell that you really understand the fiery and feisty nature of your character and you really brought home the power of that language by using real attack in your words. Jenny: The quality of the performances was outstanding. We’d like to congratulate and thank everyone who has taken part. From the students who’ve performed the pieces to the teachers who have helped them to understand how to bring
these works to life.

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