All the world’s a stage…

Words made famous by Shakespeare, of course, but on Monday night, a group of Bain employees were able to witness, first hand, what he meant, having been lucky enough to attend a Shakespeare Schools Festival (SSF) gala which Bain was supporting and sponsoring.

The performance involved a magical showcase, entitled “His Words, Our Play”, of short excerpts from a range of Shakespeare’s plays. Students from five different schools (all of whom are part of SSF) performed on the stage of the Lyric Theatre in London. They were truly stars of the West End for one night.

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Plays ranged from A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Henry V, and included solo performances by two very talented young students who were supported by illustrious actors and SSF patrons Simon Russell Beale and Jenny Agutter. The evening was hosted by BBC arts correspondent, Razia Iqbal.

I don’t think anyone could have summed it up better than Sir Nicholas Hytner, another of SSF’s patrons. He specifically congratulated every single student on their achievements. As one of the student actors commented, performing Shakespeare plays has such a benefit to a young person’s confidence levels and Sir Nicholas’ comments only served to further emphasise this.

I am not an ‘arts’ professional so I say this simply as someone who was lucky enough to be in the audience and experience such talent…. the entire performance was incredibly moving. You could feel the passion in every word, every moment. You knew that every person on the stage wanted to be there – their performance demonstrated this. And most of all, you knew that every student felt appreciated: we were all there for them after all.

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I admit I didn’t know much about the charity before last night, but as someone who was a bit awkward growing up, I can see the benefit of encouraging young people to take part in such activities. It builds their confidence, helps develop literacy, teamwork and ambition. To read more about the great things SSF do, take a look at their website. It will inspire you.

http://www.ssf.uk.com/

– Lauren, Bain London

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