Taming of the Shrew at Bingley Grammar School
Bingley Grammar School is busy preparing for the Royal Shakespeare Company visit on the 18th and 19th February. The RSC will be performing the Taming of the Shrew to four different audiences over the two days at the school.
On the evening of Wednesday 19th February, the performance is open to students, parents and anyone in the local community wishing to attend. Tickets are selling fast but there are still some available. To book tickets phone the BGS box office (on 01274 807700 ext 212).
The overall event is being managed by Bingley Grammar’s Year 12 Performing Arts students as part of their A-level qualification. The group, known as Bingley Curtain Call is managing the marketing, front of house and refreshments, as well as ticket sales to give them a real experience of what goes into putting on a production.
The Year 7s and 8s at Bingley Grammar School will have the privilege of being in the audience for 2 of the daytime performances and in the evening of Tuesday 18th February students from 6 other local schools, both primary and secondary, are attending as part of the wider partnership within Bradford.
This amazing collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company came about last May when Matthew Atkinson, Head of Creative and Performing Arts, and David Moore, Director of English, at Bingley Grammar put together an application to win a 3 year partnership with the RSC. After a rigorous selection process consisting of tenders, phone interviews and face-to-face interviews (involving 12 students from Year 7-13), Bingley Grammar School was one of only 6 schools in the country to be successful.
Matthew Atkinson, Head of Creative and Performing Arts said:
“We realised that the Curriculum is changing and we wanted students to feel Shakespeare was accessible before the changes were put in place and we feel having this amazing link with such a prestigious group helps enormously. Shakespeare is being integrated into lots of areas of the school, not just Drama and English; the Art Department is running projects focusing upon using different methods of advertising and the Achievement Centre is enjoying getting a true understanding of Shakespeare’s plays through Drama.”
Bingley Grammar’s Primary School links are also getting involved in an Elizabethan themed Sports Day for Year 5 students, planned for later in the year.
The Royal Shakespeare visit is the second exciting event since winning the partnership. In November last year The RSC put out a live feed over the internet of David Tennant performing Shakespeare’s Richard II. Years 7, 8, 10, 12 and 13 watched the performance. Bringing Shakespeare to life through this partnership can only help our students in their understanding and students of all levels of ability have benefitted from this opportunity.
For more information on how to book tickets for the RSC performance at Bingley Grammar School, please visit the website www.bingleygrammar.org