Woodkirk Academy’s celebration for William Shakespeare

Woodkirk Academy celebrated Shakespeare's 450th birthday.

Woodkirk Academy celebrated Shakespeare's 450th birthday.

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There were special celebrations as pupils from Woodkirk Academy marked the 450th anniversary of a literary legend’s birth

The English department at the school hosted their very first Shakespeare Festival to celebrate what would have been William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. Pupils from all years performed Shakespeare-inspired poetry, songs, monologues and drama in an attempt to celebrate his influence and place in contemporary culture.

Year 9 pupils from the art department also worked hard to produce some Elizabethan and Jacobean artwork to accompany the event and performance poet, Ash Dickinson, led a poetry workshop.

Staff from the English department also dressed in Shakespearean-inspired costimes to celebrate the life of the Bard.

Year 13 pupil Lauren Raynor Dixon said: “It was exciting to be involved in an event that helped to bring Shakespeare alive to students and demonstrated how his work has inspired artists of the present day.”

After such a successful day, the English department at Woodkirk hope to make it an annual event.

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