Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them after performing in Shakespeare competitions.

A group of Year 8 pupils from Hitchin Boys' School are celebrating their success after progressing to the regional final of a 'Performing Shakespeare' competition.

At a branch final organised by the English Speaking Union and held at Sandy Secondary School earlier this month, Eli, Elliot and Jack's performances met with acclaim.

Elliot and Jack performed the duologue between Hamlet and the gravedigger from Act 5, Scene 1 of Hamlet, while Eli delivered Jaques' monologue from Act 2, Scene 7 of As You Like It.

Eli's performance was given a special mention on the night, and all three pupils can now look forward to the regional final in May, where they will also be treated to a one-hour professional acting workshop.

The Comet: Eli (L), Jack and Elliot (R) will now compete at the regional final in May.Eli (L), Jack and Elliot (R) will now compete at the regional final in May. (Image: Hitchin Boys' School)

One performer from each regional final will be given the opportunity to perform in the grand final at Shakespeare's Globe in London.


Mrs Gale, who is head of creative arts at the school and runs weekly 'Performing Shakespeare' lunchtime classes, said: "We are so incredibly proud of our three students for reaching the regional final stage of this competition.

"They have all worked incredibly hard to hone their performances and have had a lot of fun working with Shakespeare's language to bring his stories to life and relate them to their own lives.

"That is the beauty of this competition, for young people to access Shakespeare's body of work and show through their dramatic work that his tales of romance, tragedy and comedy are still as relevant today as they ever were."