The youngsters are at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Dream Team Playmaking Festival for schools.
The festival, which runs until Friday, July 8, is the culmination of a national call-out to schools to celebrate Shakespeare’s life and work in the year that marks the 400th anniversary of his death.
Over 80 pupils from the Boughton school, aged between seven and nine, travelled to Stratford on Tuesday to perform their version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The children will join 1.600 schoolchildren from 53 schools across the UK to perform their work in front of a live audience at either The Other Place, the RSC’s iconic studio theatre, or The Dell, the RSC’s magical outdoor performance space.
They will also be able to hone their theatre making skills in a workshops and masterclasses led by actors and creatives from the RSC.
The children were involved in all aspects of the performance from costume and set design to musical scores for characters.Commenting on the festival, Head of Young People’s Programmes for RSC Education Fiona Ingram said: “At the start of the year we invited schools to join the RSC Dream Team to celebrate Shakespeare’s life and work 400 years after his death and the response has been incredible. Primary and secondary schools all over the country have been downloading our Dream Team Playmaking Pack, learning all about Shakespeare and staging their own abridged versions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
“We have been blown away by the imagination, energy and sheer quality of the work. The project has generated a lot of fun and creative expression, but it’s been especially inspiring to see young people tackling some of the really difficult issues that they see and encounter in the world today and exploring them through their interpretive choices and performances.”