A group of talented performers from the South Wales Valleys are gearing up to take their performance of Macbeth to the West End stage, after impressing the founder of the Shakespeare for Schools Festival at a local performance in Aberdare.
Level 2 and 3 BTEC Performing Arts learners from Coleg y Cymoedd’s Rhondda campus performed their interpretation of three Shakespeare plays at the end of last year, watched by Chris Grace, founder of the Shakespeare for Schools Festival – the UK’s largest youth drama festival. Their performance impressed so much, the budding actors and actresses were invited to take their show to the West End as part of the 400th anniversary celebrations of Shakespeare’s death, recognised with events across the UK.
The learners will perform an excerpt from Macbeth at the Piccadilly Theatre’s West End Gala night on Monday 18th April, the start of week-long celebrations and performances. Commended for their professionalism and creativity during their initial performance at the Coliseum Theatre, Aberdare; Coleg y Cymoedd will be the only college performing on the night. Moreover, Coleg y Cymoedd is the only college from Wales to have been offered this opportunity with Shakespeare for Schools.
Megan Dimond, 18, from Treorchy who plays Lady Macbeth said: “This is an amazing opportunity for me to go to the West End and perform at the prestigious Piccadilly Theatre. The opportunities that have been offered during my time on this course are mind blowing.
“Without choosing the BTEC Performing Arts course at Coleg y Cymoedd, I wouldn’t have been able to develop my career this far so early on in my educational stages. I can’t wait till performance day!”
Shakespeare for Schools offers learners from across the UK, the opportunity to perform a range of Dance Physical Theatre interpretations of Shakespeare’s most famous plays on the stage. Coleg y Cymoedd has previously taken part in tutor and learner workshops, as well as full performances, through the Shakespeare for Schools Festival with the aim of introducing their learners to a professional stage.
Principal of Coleg y Cymoedd, Judith Evans, spoke of the performer’s success: “We’re so proud of our Performing Arts learners for being invited to take part in such a prestigious national event. Their hard work and commitment in their performances has really paid off, and they’re a testament to the talented young people here at the college and across South Wales.”
You can watch a trailer for Coleg y Cymoedd’s performance of Macbeth here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6_MVTquEKs