Year 10 pupils have been working hard over the last few months towards a performance of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival 2016. Over two nights, local schools performed famous works by William Shakespeare at the Taliesin Arts Centre in Swansea. Pupils had a fantastic experience of working in a professional, local theatre and received some outstanding feedback about their performance. The cast’s dedication to this project has been exceptional and their performance on the night was sensational.
Caitlyn, who played the role of Bottom, said ‘It was a real honour to step out onto that stage alongside my friends and perform in a show that is so different – it’s a feeling I’ll never forget. With Miss Comley’s help we came up with a show that felt professional and mature – well, as mature as you can be when performing one of Shakespeare’s comedies! I wasn’t expecting to get a part at all, so being given one of the leading characters in this show has really helped my confidence and I’m pleased that the staff had confidence in me to take on this iconic role. Thank you to Miss Comley and the English department!’
Steffan, who played the role of Lysander, added ‘It was a real honour to take to the stage in one of Shakespeare’s classic plays along with my fellow pupils. The process of putting the show into production was really quite exciting, and it was incredibly easy under Miss Comley’s direction. It felt like we were taking part in a professional show! After the performance itself, I felt really excited and proud as the audience commended all of our hard work. I feel that the Shakespeare Schools Festival has given endless opportunities to people who may not have had a chance to perform before, and to allow them to feel proud to be a part of something so special. It has definitely improved the confidence of the entire cast and we have had some fantastic feedback.’
To celebrate the success of our school’s production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ for the Shakespeare Schools Festival, we have organised a special performance for Tuesday night, 6th December in the Main Hall. Tickets are £4 for adults and £2.50 for concessions to see this much-applauded production and are available from the school. Watch the trailer to discover more…
It is a great pleasure to announce that Josh’s story ‘Grandad’s Rocket’ has been chosen as the winner of the e ‘Dahlightful stories competition’ in the secondary schools category. The competition was open to all pupils across Wales between school years 3-13. Josh’s story, ‘Grandad’s Rocket!’ will be published in an Anthology of the collection in February 2017. Well done Josh, a worthy winner- everybody at Bryn Tawe is ‘dahlighted’ by your achievements.
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A group of Year 13 pupils went to see the Welsh film “Y Llyfrgell” in the Taliesin Theatre and enjoyed it greatly. During the same week, Year 12 and 13 pupils studying A Level Welsh had the opportunity to attend a day of lectures at Academi Hywel Teifi. Thanks to the Academi for organising several valuable lectures!
Once again this year, T.Llew Jones Day was celebrated with an assembly to remember him. In addition, a Treasure Hunt was organised for Year 7 and 8 during Welsh lessons.
A writing workshop was organised for a group of Year 10 boys in association with University of Wales Trinity Saint David as part of a new project. The Chief Bard Aneirin Karadog came to work with the boys for the day and to compose poems on the theme of war. There will be an opportunity for the pupils to read the poems in due course and to go to the University to see their poems displayed. Thanks to the University and to Aneirin Karadog for the day!
A Public Speaking competition was held for the school’s older pupils – various subjects were discussed, such as S4C, immigration, school uniform and independence for Wales. Congratulations to the pupils who took part: Sara Dafydd; Catrin Hedges; Lizzie Lewis; Claudia Hughes; Amelia Williams; Brandon Cooper; Steffan Leonard; Carys Thomas and Nansi Eccott. Sara, Catrin and Steffan will represent the school in the Rotary public speaking competition soon.
A successful and culturally-crammed weekend was spent with year 12 in the North of England during the first weekend of October. After an early 5am departure on Friday morning, we made the long and tiring trek across the Pennines to Brontë country, and the Parsonage museum, the childhood home of Charlotte, Emily and Anne. Indeed, the journey across the rugged landscape certainly confirmed how the environment had been used to spark some of the most evocative scenes from literary classics like ‘Jane Eyre’ and ‘Wuthering Heights’. Year 12 listened intently to a fascinating talk on how the Brontës had been brought up in Haworth and had overcome family tragedy to pen their most famous works. In particular, the tour of the museum provided students with a fascinating insight into what had inspired the writing of our set text, Charlotte Brontë’s ‘Jane Eyre’. Some of our sixth forms dressed for the action as they ventured back to the Victorian era. It was onwards to Manchester and Saturday’s matinee performance of the set drama text, Tennessee Williams’ tour de force, ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and a mesmerising performance by Maxine Peake. Many thanks to Mr Shaw for organising the excursion and to Miss Comley and Mr Ray Thomas for the support during the visit.