Bolton School Senior Boys

Return to Live Performance with Outdoor Shakespeare

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This summer saw a return of live, in-person performance for the first time since February 2020 with the Boys’ Division Lower School Production! The cast of Bolton School boys and pupils from Sharples School in Years 7 to 9 developed their adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with support from the Octagon Theatre’s Creative Engagement Team.

The cast put together their performance outdoors at the Anderton Centre, where the ‘stage’ was set in the round beneath a parachute and surrounded by socially distanced straw bale seating.

After just two days of rehearsal the curtain went up (metaphorically speaking) on this one-night-only performance, which even featured Headmaster Philip Britton taking on the appropriate role of Theseus, Duke of Athens!

Despite the rain, it was wonderful to see young people performing together for a live audience once again.

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