Easons Green school celebrates Bard’s 450th

More than 50 children from Annan School put on a production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Thursday last week (April 3).

The children, aged between four and 11, performed to an audience of 150 parents, relatives and friends at Hawthbush Farm, Nash Street, Gun Hill.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of Shakespeare’s most popular works, is a comedy portraying the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and Hippolyta, including the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest.

Mark Hunter, principal at the school at Easons Green, Uckfield, said this was “an impressive achievement for a small school and a fitting tribute to everyone who has helped to inspire the children to put on the production”.

The school has been taking part in Shakespeare Week.

This is a new national celebration which was launched this year to celebrate 450 years since the birth of Shakespeare.

More than 3,000 schools have been involved across the country in activities to introduce Shakespeare to a wider audience, particularly primary aged children.

Annan School fully immersed itself in the celebration by adopting the Shakespeare theme across this term’s curriculum.

This has included visiting the Globe Theatre in London and children saw a touring theatre company perform Macbeth at the Ashcroft Theatre in Croydon.

There was also a School Theatre Workshop day with professional performers and technicians, including choreographer Ben Duke, TV presenter Jeremy Stockwell and film and TV actress Pauline Collins.

Mr Hunter said before the performance: “The experiences have inspired the children with their forthcoming production which has involved writing the script, making props and scenery and developing their performance skills.

“There will also be musical numbers performed by the children accompanied by guitarist Richie Crago.”

Annan is an independent school for ages three to 11.