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The Ebbsfleet Academy

A Brook Learning Trust Academy

Shakespeare Schools Festival Appraisal

Romeo and Juliet
by The Ebbsfleet Academy
at The The Woodville, 23/11/2018
appraised by Hannah Brailsford


I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to The Ebbsfleet Academy for your fantastic production of Romeo and Juliet as part of the 2018 Shakespeare Schools Festival. It was a brilliant night of theatre, and I’d like to highlight just a few elements that really stood out.

From the opening scene till the final moment, the whole company used the stage to create the world of the play and establish a very atmospheric piece of drama.

The storytelling was excellent with wonderful delivery of the text. You showed a clear understanding of both the language and the emotional context. Your characterisation was considered and the emotional journey beautifully played out.

Your company worked together well and showed great commitment and discipline, especially in the physical moments, such as the fighting and party scene.

This was an eloquent, emotionally mature Romeo and Juliet, from a supportive and committed cast.
Performing Shakespeare’s words on a professional stage takes courage, resilience, and imagination. You and your teachers should all be incredibly proud of what you have achieved.

I hope to see The Ebbsfleet Academy in the Festival again next year!
Hannah Brailsford