"Pupils work well together and individually, and are very successful in a wide range of extra-curricular activities including music, drama and games."

ISI Inspection of the Girls' Division 2016

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Devising A Midsummer Night's Dream

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Throughout Bolton School this year, celebrations have taken place to mark the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. The Junior Girls’ School was no exception, and the pupils at Hesketh House have already engaged in many activities, including a Shakespeare Week in the spring term.

This summer term, following on from their study of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Year 6 girls were asked to devise play scripts to further mark the occasion. In doing so they created a series of six short interpretations for performance in the Girls’ Division Theatre.

When acted out, the drama scripts resulted in a mixture of witty storytelling, clever antics, and colourful creative work to include both popular and classical music. The pupils indulged in their learning and used much of the original text to inspire their performances. Creativity was uppermost in group script writing, production, and costume choice and design.

Through writing and performance, the girls adhered to many of the sixteen habits of mind which are implicit in their English work with Mrs Worsley. The Reading and Drama study required pupils to work both independently and interdependently, use skills of perseverance, and to strive for accuracy. Above all they sought to create a 'Wow Factor' in their staging and drama performances.

They learned that hard work, a sense of humour and enjoyment is paramount for the success of any show, and each was in abundance.

Congratulations to the girls on a wonderful show!

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Puck and Oberon face off against Titania and her fairies

Puck and Oberon face off against Titania and her fairies

Bottom with his ass-head, and two of the other craftsmen players

Bottom with his ass's head, and two of the other craftsmen players

The four lovers quarrel while the fairies look on

The four lovers quarrel while the fairies look on