Plaistow college to mark Shakespeare’s 450th birthday with a performance of The Tempest

Uchenna Ozurumbu is pcitured during rehearsals of The Tempest

Uchenna Ozurumbu is pcitured during rehearsals of The Tempest - Credit: Archant

Buddding thespians are gearing up to stage a performance to celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday at Stratford Circus.

Students from the performing arts course at Newham Sixth Form College, known as NewVIc, are taking part in the UK’s largest youth drama festival to mark the occasion.

Education charity Shakespeare Schools Festival is celebrating the event with a huge party.

On Friday students will perform ‘The Tempest’, alongside three other local schools at Stratford Circus as part of the celebrations.

Students recently visited the venue in Theatre Square and took the opportunity to explore the space and get tips from professional actors and directors in preparation for the final show.


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Student Uchenna Ozurumbu, 16, said: “At the beginning I thought I’d never learn all the lines and connect with my character, but now I really have.

“When I went to Stratford Circus and practised on the stage I found I was very comfortable performing on stage.”

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