Regional Schools Festival

St Bede’s and St Joseph’s Catholic Collage and the Alhambra theatre are part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s national education project called the Learning and Performance Network (LPN). On Friday 24th March we are hosting a Regional Shakespeare Festival which is a part of a national celebration of young people’s performances involving 42 schools and approximately 800 young people from across the country.

We are working alongside a cluster of local schools and together we have explored practical approaches to the teaching and learning of Shakespeare in the secondary classroom. Our Festival will tell the story of Julius Caesar and each school in our cluster, mentored by a professional Director, will perform a different section of the story.

As part of our participation in the LPN two designated teachers from St Bede’s and St Joseph’s Catholic College have trained to become leading teachers of Shakespeare. These teachers attended training at the RSC before transferring their learning into the classroom, making their students’ encounters with Shakespeare exciting and relevant.

The project has been greeted with great enthusiasm and warmth in this area and we are looking forward to an exciting and action packed Festival.

Tickets are available from and are priced at £6.