De Aston Shakespeare Society to perform Twelfth Night

After a successful performance at Lincoln Drill Hall, the De Aston Shakespeare Society is bringing its production of Twelfth Night back to the school in Market Rasen. 

De Aston students took part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival on 12 November and performed to around 300 people at the Drill Hall. Students were commended on their comedic timing, group resilience and kindness to other schools. 

On Tuesday 10 December, pupils, parents and friends have the chance to experience the performance in De Aston’s main hall.

The performers are mainly Year 8 and 9 students, with sixth formers helping out backstage and with lighting and technology.

English teacher Miss Peacock explains what she hopes the students will gain from the performance:

“The main focus is on the students having fun, making friends and working together as a team. The performance helps to bring Shakespeare’s work to life, and hopefully leads to an increased interest.

“It also provides an opportunity for students to build confidence and self-esteem. If they can tackle performing Shakespeare on stage, they can tackle anything!”

The Shakespeare Schools Festival takes place annually and is the world’s largest youth drama festival. The 2019 edition saw around 300 performances from school children all around the UK. 

The performance of Twelfth Night is the fourth production from the De Aston Shakespeare Society. Previous performances have included Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Macbeth, and discussions are already underway among students to decide on next year’s play.

The De Aston Shakespeare Society performance of Twelfth Night takes place on Tuesday 10 December at 5.00pm in the main hall. Entry is free but donations to help towards future productions are welcome. Find out more about English at De Aston.

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