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Thanet youngsters are one of 22 schools to perform a version of Hamlet at the Marlowe – The Isle Of Thanet News

Thanet youngsters are one of 22 schools to perform a version of Hamlet at the Marlowe – The Isle Of Thanet News

Hamlet: Something Rotten Photo Steve Gregson

Schools from across Kent gathered at the Marlowe Theatre to perform a new version of one of William Shakespeare’s most famous plays.

Each of the 22 schools involved, including five from Thanet, tackled a scene from Hamlet and joined forces to tell the abridged story of the poet’s famous tragedy in two performances on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 June.

Photo: Steve Gregson

The production of “Hamlet: Something Rotten” in the Marlowe’s Main Hall was the culmination of months of rehearsal as part of the Marlowe’s partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) Associate Schools Programme.

Hamlet: Something Rotten Photo Steve Gregson

During rehearsals, teachers from participating schools were trained by Royal Shakespeare Company professionals at the Marlowe, deeply integrating the RSC’s rehearsal room techniques into their teaching.

Photo: Steve Gregson

Working with these schools, directors and theatre makers from The Marlowe have presented young people’s perspectives on one of Shakespeare’s most famous stories and opened up the world of theatre to young people who may not have had the opportunity to experience it before.

Photo: Steve Gregson

Participating schools included Bromstone Primary School, Broadstairs, Dane Court Grammar School, Broadstairs, Foreland Fields School, Ramsgate, King Ethelbert School, Birchington and Palm Bay Primary School, Margate.

Palm Bay youth performed in “Hamlet: Something Rotten.” Photo: Steve Gregson

Roxan Kamali-Sarvestani, Director of Learning and Participation at Marlowe, said: “We are delighted to recognise the months of hard work by the schools, Marlowe and the RSC.

“We have already received fantastic feedback from our partner schools, who have seen students’ confidence grow and they have flourished throughout the process. It underlines the impact we are having on the creative and educational landscape of our region by bringing young people, artists and theatre makers together to inspire each other.

Photo: Steve Gregson

“We would like to thank the teachers and parents who have fully supported this project, as well as the Royal Shakespeare Company and the staff at Marlowe for their help in creating such a successful collaboration.”