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The Shakespeare Festival

This April Ecole du Centre, College Pierre Poivre celebrated the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare, the greatest English playwright ever known. Shakespeare is widely known as England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". Shakespeare wrote over 38 plays and 154 sonnets amongst other things. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

The school paid homage to the Bard by decorating the school with information and art works inspired by the works of Shakespeare including a Forest of Avon in the primary and a mini Globe theatre in the college. CE2 (2) performed a hugely successful version of the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the college put on a show made up of excerpts from many of the most popular sonnets and plays such as Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet. Other activities during the 10 days of the festival included quizzes, treasure hunts and a visit by the Deputy Australian High Commissioner Lorena Lopez. The school was also lucky enough to benefit from a Shakespeare workshop for some classes in the college provided by the British Council.

The Shakespeare Festival’s greatest success was most undoubtedly the understanding our students now have for the famous Bard and the enjoyment they experienced delving into his beautiful words and worlds.

“Our revels now are ended. These our actors,

As I foretold you, were all spirits and

Are melted into air, into thin air:

And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,

The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces,

The solemn temples, the great globe itself,

Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve

And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,

Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff

As dreams are made on, and our little life

Is rounded with a sleep.”

William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act IV, Scene I

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