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Students created their own version of key scenes from Shakespeare's Richard III at Bosworth Battlefield.

12th June 2009

Students from Ivanhoe College, Ashby School and Castle Rock High School performed famous scenes from the play in the historic Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park on Friday 12th June 2009, as part of Find Your Talent Leicester Shire’s programme.

They were supported by The Shakespeare Schools Festival and Slung Low, a theatre company which has been working with the students over the past few months to help collate their ideas and create a unique production.

The performance was split into three ten-minute scenes, each of which took place at a destination within the grounds of Bosworth Battlefield. The audience was transported from one scene to the next by costumed guides.

  • Head of Environment and Heritage Services, Heather Broughton, said: "We are delighted to be working with local schools as part of the Find Your Talent initiative to provide students with the opportunity to learn new skills and try their hand at theatre production."

    Artistic Director of Slung Low, Alan Lane, said: "It's such an exciting project to be working on. It’s the first time some of these young people will have worked on Shakespeare, the first time making installations and probably the first time performing outdoors. It's so engaging for us to be on such fresh ground."

    Artistic Producer of Shakespeare Schools Festival, Dominic Fitch, said: "This collaboration between the students, Bosworth Battlefield and Slung Low Productions is quite wonderful. “We have taken Richard III out of the classroom, collided it with the most up to date technology and set it in the place Shakespeare actually wrote about."