Teesside High triumphs at Performing Shakespeare

Friday 10 March 2017 | By Samantha Hockney

A Teesside High School student scooped the ‘Best Performance’ prize in the English Speaking Union’s North East final.
As part of the English Department’s initiative to raise of the profile of Shakespeare in the classroom, Year 8 students completed a study of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Autumn term.
The study involved various activities from designing their own staging to the challenge of writing an analytical essay. In order to further develop our students’ understanding of the language of Shakespeare’s plays and to engage with pieces written for performance, all students learnt and performed a speech from a play of their choice.
The best performances were then entered into the English Speaking Union’s Performing Shakespeare Competition. The competition encourages students to focus not only on the meaning of words but how this is conveyed through gesture, intonation and pace; no costumes or props are permitted.
We were honoured to be asked to host the North East Regional Final of the competition this year and welcomed schools from around the North East as well as esteemed judges from the ESU headquarters. The audience was entertained with extracts from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet, to name but a few.
The standard of competition was incredibly high and we are therefore absolutely delighted to announce that Harry’s performance of Jacques from As You Like It was chosen as the overall winner of ‘Best Performance’.
Harry will now travel to London on Tuesday 21 March to represent the School and the region in the Grand National Final at the Gielgud Theatre. We wish Harry all the very best.