Norwich School pupils to perform The Winter’s Tale for the Young Norfolk Arts Festival

Young Norfolk Arts Festival: Norwich School's production of Much Ado About Nothing in 2013.

Young Norfolk Arts Festival: Norwich School's production of Much Ado About Nothing in 2013. - Credit: submitted

Norwich School pupils are set to perform Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale for this year's Young Norfolk Arts Festival.

Mattie Ziegler, a former professional actress and current director of drama at Norwich School, directed the first YNAF Norwich School Shakespeare production as part of last year's festival, and she is currently beginning preparations for this year's show which she hopes will be even bigger and better.

The Winter's Tale is a Shakespearian drama set in Sicily and the cast will comprise of members of the sixth form, many of who enjoyed performing in last year's Much Ado About Nothing.

Along with the play, there will be workshops for the cast, including a visit from Mattie's professional agent and a four-day Shakespeare outreach programme for people in Norfolk.

The play will take place in the Cathedral Cloisters which 'is an incredibly moving and setting which adds a timeless sense of history to the performance', says Mattie.

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Like last year, the school aims to get pupils involved with the wider aspects of the performance such as the music and setting.

The show hopes to engage with young people across the county and is designed to be a 'magical thriller.'

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There will be three performances, one on June 29 and two on June 30 and tickets will be available through the YNAF box office.

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