Centre stage at Shakespeare's Globe theatre


Actors from 20 leading Drama schools across the UK had the opportunity to perform on stage at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London during the annual Sam Wanamaker Festival which took place 24-25 March.

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Birmingham City University

The festival is named in honour of Sam Wanamaker, an American actor and director who is credited as the person most responsible for the modern recreation of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. The event showcased scenes from Shakespeare and his contemporaries featuring a mixture of tragedy and comedy, all brought together in an impressive showcase.

Two students from each of the member institutions of the Federation of Drama Schools were given the opportunity to participate in workshops; a combination of voice, movement, and text lead by the Globe education team. The stage exposure is an invaluable experience for those who take part, and over the years it has presented many individuals with exciting career opportunities.

Head of BA Acting Danièle Sanderson said:

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire determines which two students represent the school through an internal competition, which is judged by an external expert; traditionally an actor or director from the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). Experienced RSC actor Paul Greenwood was on the judging panel this year, with the outcome being the selection of final year actors Jess Frances and Sam Claridge to go forward for the main competition.

Jess Frances said:

Jess described the audience reaction as ‘electric’. “They were all so supportive and their response to each scene was overwhelming, it was also great to see all the RBC students who came along to support us!”

Click here to find out more about the Sam Wanamaker festival and what events are on at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre.

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