On 13th March 2017 the RSC hosted a Regional Shakespeare Festival which is part of a national celebration of young people’s performances involving 42 schools and over 800 young people from across the country. King’s Rochester was one of eight Kent schools participating at The Marlowe Theatre Canterbury with a performance of Julius Caesar.

King’s Rochester GCSE and A Level Drama & Theatre students were mentored by Amy Draper from the RSC and performed a section of the play in front of a 800 strong audience.

Amy had these kind words to say about our students “I just wanted to say a huge well done to you and all your performers. I thought the show was a big success and the audience reaction was lovely. It was great to see your group progress and grow over the last couple of months and all of them stepped up to fill that huge space last night. What a feat!”

Deputy Headmaster of King’s Preparatory school Paul Medhurst who was in the audience also applauded the students’ performance “I greatly enjoyed the evening and I thought that your pupils did us proud with their innovative interpretation of the selected scene”.

As part of our participation in the Learning Performance Network, Head of Drama & Theatre Mr Mount has trained to become an RSC leading teacher of Shakespeare. Mr Mount attended training at both the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon and The Marlowe Theatre Canterbury before transferring his learning into the classroom, making his students’ encounters with Shakespeare exciting and relevant. Mr Mount said “participating in the Julius Caesar project has been an exciting opportunity for all involved. We have enjoyed the process of developing and rehearsing our section of Julius Caesar for performance and making use of the work we have done in school on Physical Theatre and Brechtian technique. Working with a director from the RSC has helped us to shape and develop our performance and improve our pupils' understanding of the play and the language of Shakespeare. Being part of the Learning Performance Network has been a fantastic experience. Exploring and performing Shakespeare has been a significant feature on our Drama curriculum and our pupils have responded really well over the first two years of the project”.

King’s Rochester are part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s national education project called the Learning and Performance Network (LPN) where schools work with artists and practitioners from the RSC and The Marlowe Theatre Canterbury over a three year period. Last year, Preparatory School pupils from King's Rochester took part in a promenade performance of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream at Dreamland, Margate.