Last week, on a warm and muggy June evening, 23 of St. Mary’s most talented students performed in a live extravaganza to showcase their outstanding talents. In an event run by the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company, and alongside various other schools from the Blackpool area, students performed an act from Shakespeare’s famous play Romeo and Juliet. Over the past three months, the students involved have met up every Monday evening to prepare, explore, direct, understand and act out key scenes from the play. The finished result was magical and really demonstrated an understanding of some of Shakespeare’s most complex characters. The students performed their scene live in the bandstand area of the park in front of three different live audiences and tackled the theme of conflict with real passion. Alongside St. Mary’s were some standout performances of Macbeth by Our Ladies of the Assumption and more work on Romeo and Juliet by St. Cuthberts and Thames. Those who attended described it as a ‘magical’ evening and Miss. Bamber described it as, ‘A night I would never forget.’ Although it is hard to imagine topping the evening’s events, students have already begun to think about performing in The Grand Theatre next year, as part of the 2 year project. Well done and congratulations!