Students from Avon Valley School in Newbold perform their own version of Shakespeare

Students take to the stage.

Students take to the stage.

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Students from Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College performed a condensed version of Shakespeare.

They performed a 30-minute version of the bard’s classic comedy Twelfth Night at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival.

The Shakespeare Schools Festival is the country’s largest youth drama festival, working with more than 1,000 schools and 150 professional theatres.

Support and guidance is given to enable schools to take students aged eight to 18 on a journey by performing their own Shakespeare productions in front of a paying audience.

Throughout the festival, the 15 Avon Valley School students worked hard under the guidance and direction of English teachers Alison Tinham and Rebecca Moss, with their efforts culminating in Tuesday’s performance.

Alison Tinham said: “Shakespeare’s hilarious tale of love, family and trickery has been given a fresh new look by the fantastic humour of our students, who have all worked incredibly hard in rehearsing and performing the play.”

She added: “I am very proud of everyone.”