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ESU performing Shakespeare competition

On Monday February 26th we hosted the regional final of the ESU performing Shakespeare competition in which 20 students from schools across the region performed monologues and dualogues from Shakespeare to win a place in the National Finals in London. We had four participants and Caitlin H in year 9 successfully won one of two places and will now be performing her monologue from King Lear again at the final in a West End theatre on 20th March.

Congratulations to her if you see her – she was outstanding!

Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary Week

Shakespeares 400th Anniversary Week

This year marks 400 years since the death of one of the greatest authors of all time, William Shakespeare.

To celebrate, staff and students of AGGS took part in a range of activities to celebrate the Bard’s life and work. From considering the rights and roles of Jacobean women in citizenship, quizzes in maths, where students debated whether the answer to the algebraic question was ‘2b or not 2b’, to translating titles in MfL, students considered Shakespeare’s lasting impact across the whole of the curriculum.

The week culminated with staff dressing up as some Shakespeare’s greatest known characters. The best dressed award almost certainly resulted in a tie between Mrs Crowson’s Cleopatra or Mr Harrison’s Bottom!

Thanks to all who took part in the fun and festivities!

ESU Performing Shakespeare competition

esu_logoOn the 3rd February, AGGS hosted the regional finals of the ESU Performing Shakespeare competition. There were students from four schools across the North West competition.

ESU Feb 2016Representing AGGS was:

Jenna (Year 9), performing Cordelia’s speech from King Lear (Act 1, Scene 1)

Lucia and Millie (Year 8), performing Caliban and Prospero from The Tempest (Act 1, Scene 2)

Hania (Year 8), performing Helena’s speech from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Act 1, Scene 1)

Sophia and Livi (Year 9), performing Titania and Oberon from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Act 1, Scene 2)

All of the AGGS girls were fantastic. Before announcing the final result, the judges commenting that this had been the most competitive region. In the end, Jenna (Year 9) won a judges commendation for her performance of Cordelia, King Lear. Lucia and Millie (Year 8) won best duologue for their performance of Prospero and Caliban, The Tempest and so will be competing in the national finals on the 8th March.

A huge well done to all of the girls involved!

Shakespeare Competition Success

AGGS-Drama-Pupils-GroupOn Thursday, 23rd April, 10 of our year 8s and 2 of our 9s took part in the north west regional final of the ESU performing Shakespeare competition, which we hosted in our school. This was the second stage of the competition to choose the best monologue and best dualogue in the north west. Our girls were up against 4 year 9s from two other schools and all of them performed brilliantly! We were very proud of them.

We were successful in both areas with Sophia T a joint winner for best monologue and Jo M and Jess S winning best dualogue.

They are now through to the grand final in London in June.

Well done to them!