Minsthorpe Makes Headlines With ‘Hamlet’

Ten Minsthorpe Community College students wowed audiences at this year’s Honley Shakespeare Festival, with their performance of ‘Hamlet’. Twelve schools collaborated to produce the entire play, and gave three performances on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th of March, 2015.

The Minsthorpe scene was a true ensemble piece, using choral speaking and choreographed movement to tell the story of the young Prince’s grief and the devious plotting of the royal court of Denmark.

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Our students, from Years 7, 9 and 10, captivated the crowd with their projection, emotion and enthusiasm, learning the scene in rehearsals over the last ten weeks. They demonstrated exceptional team-work skills and supported each other every step of the way.

The other performers involved were from a combination of Primary and Secondary schools in Huddersfield, and invited Mrs Sally Thompson, from the English team, to represent the College at the fifth Honley Shakespeare Festival, as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Learning and Performance Network.

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"The whole experience has been fantastic," said Mrs Thompson, "and I couldn’t have asked for a better ensemble to work with. Many thanks to Miss Rodgers, Mrs Adams and Miss Wildman for helping at the rehearsals and over the Festival weekend."

"I hope we can participate in next year’s production of Henry V. Everyone represented Minsthorpe with pride."