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On Wednesday 4th May Blue Coat staff and students took to the Shirley Hall stage for a fantastic evening of drama and poetry, as part of our annual Winged Words event.

This year’s event, which marked the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, saw students currently involved in our new and exciting Everyman Theatre Partnership perform a selection of Shakespeare’s work in The Complete Walk.

Alongside scenes from Anthony and Cleopatra, Hamlet and a modern interpretation of Romeo and Juliet, the evening also included more topical issues affecting our lives including the EU referendum. Politics teacher Mr Cox took a sideways view of proceedings from a feline perspective, with a poem written from the perspective of Larry, the Downing Street cat.

This special evening also provided our creative students with a chance to showcase their own literary talent. Year 8 student Abiluxan Pragash reflected on his visit to Sri Lanka when he performed his poem A Diary from the Pearl and Sixth Form student Natalie Green’s poem The Justice Bell was dedicated to the 96 Hillsborough victims.

The evening culminated with a small awards ceremony which recognised the following students:

Best Poem
Oliver Merriman Year 8 – The Wrath of War (own poem)

Best Drama
Luca Wetherall and Eddie Smith Year 10 – Hamlet Act I Scene Two William Shakespeare

Best Group
Alexander Richards, Jennifer Nolan, Gabrielle Spencer-Scheilling and Sophie Miller
Romeo and Juliet Modern Prologue

Best Individual Performance
Natalia Barton Year 10 – True Love’s Kiss (own poem)

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