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Denbigh students perform at BAFTA

25 January 2008
Denbigh High School students were selected to perform in front of captains of industry at a BAFTA fundraising dinner which took place on Monday 21st January.
The black tie event which was hosted by Actress Harriet Walter and BBC TV Presenter Andrew Marr took place to raise money for the Shakespeare Schools Festival.
The Shakespeare Schools Festival is a registered charity and arts-education initiative which enables young people to perform abridged productions of Shakespeare's most famous plays in their local professional theatre.
The charities patrons include Dame Judi Dench, Cherie Booth QC and Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey.
Money raised from the event will enable other schools around the country to receive funding so that they can also take part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival.
Denbigh was one of only three schools to perform at the event who were short listed from over 1000 schools in the country.
The Denbigh students were chosen because of the quality of their work, in particular their performance during a 15 minute video that appeared on Teachers TV. The video, which can currently be viewed on the Teachers TV website, featured Denbigh students performing and analyzing Richard III for Key Stage 3 English.
On the evening, Year 11 student Hamza Himdy (Richard III) brought the room to a silence and captivated the audience of multimillionaires, company directors and their wives and partners as he left the stage and weaved in and out of the glamorous dinner tables to begin Denbigh's passionate performance.
At the end of the event Denbigh's Head of Drama, Mary Casey was presented with the Mr and Mrs Simon Dingemans Award for the Development of Drama along with an unexpected donation of
500.00 to our Drama department.
Year 11 student Hamza Himdy who played Richard III had this to say about the moment that he had to bring the room to a silence and start the performance.
Once the room fell silent I just stood there and looked out at all these people, my heart was pounding like a machine. I left the stage and started to walk between the tables and looked people right in the eye as I passed. It is the first time that I have ever done anything like that."
My favourite time was at the end of the performance. There is nothing like the feeling of the looking at the audience as they applause you, just that magical moment that you can't hold on to, all you can do is smile."
Year 11 Student Ashley-Louise Sinclair who played Lady Anne said:
Before every performance that I do I need some quiet time for about half an hour before whilst I prepare myself and try and focus. Once the play had started I became so engrossed in the part that it nearly reduced me to tears during the emotional scenes. The audience's silence and captivation really boosted the atmosphere. At the end I felt like I had really achieved something. It was amazing.
Denbigh's Head of Drama, Mary Casey made the following comment about her students:
The students' performance was sensational, they rose to the occasion and were not secondary pupils on stage but real characters performing beyond their age. I was knocked out by their professionalism and the sheer way that they magnetized their audience.