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Pupils take on theatre classic to tackle knife crime issues

PUBLISHED: 17:39 18 March 2009 | UPDATED: 16:19 25 August 2010

KNIFE crime is to be addressed by a gritty school production of Romeo and Juliet.

KNIFE crime is to be addressed by a gritty school production of Romeo and Juliet.

Kidbrooke School students are due to put on a modern day version of Shakespeare's classic play from next Wednesday at Greenwich Theatre. The production, directed by Head of Drama, Lucy Cuthbertson, follows the school's success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2008, where students won the Fringe Report Award for Best Play.

Shermaine Slocombe, Arts College Manager, said: "The play will be quite shocking with body bags, gangs and violence. It is really important to show these things to pupils for what they really are and it will also help them understand the story."

The play will be performed in Shakespearean language but characters will use mobile phones and hoodies.

Kidbrooke School's dramatic success started in 2005 when its students were chosen from among 300 to perform in a new Ali Smith play at the National Theatre.

The Scottish writer later invited the school's drama students to adapt her 2001 Man Booker Prize-winning novel Hotel World for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, last year. Public performances begin at 7.30pm each evening and weekend matinees start 2.30pm. Tickets range from £7.50 to £15, concessions save £2.50. All profits from the play's gala night on March 26 will go towards the Damilola Taylor Trust. For tickets call Greenwich Theatre box office on 020 8858 7755.

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