Palm Bay pupils take to the stage for Shakespeare at The Marlowe Theatre

Palm Bay youngsters performed in Hamlet: Something Rotten Photo Steve Gregson

A group of Year 4 pupils from Palm Bay Primary School have taken part in a production of ‘Hamlet: Something Rotten’ at The Marlowe Theatre as part of the Royal Shakespeare Associate Schools Programme.

The RSC Associate Schools Programme involved members of the RSC visiting Palm Bay prior to the performance to lead drama workshops with the children. While at The Marlowe Theatre, the children were able to learn about the backstage and how the sound, lighting and costume designers work together to put on a show.

On performance night, the auditorium was full, with more than 1000 people watching them perform. The Palm Bay children opened the night and were amazing.

Jemma Hart, Teacher and RSC Lead said: “The children worked fantastically as an ensemble to produce this scene. Throughout the process, the children’s love for Shakespeare grew and this was clearly seen on stage.”

A spokesperson from The Marlowe said: “It was an absolute pleasure to have (Palm Bay’s) young people with us last week. We were incredibly impressed by their talent and professionalism and we felt very proud to have them performing on The Marlowe Theatre stage. They were an absolute credit to (the) school.”

Palm Bay School has just been accepted to take part in the Royal Shakespeare Associate Schools Programme for another two years and is looking forward to many more pupils having the chance to perform.

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