Friday 22 November 2019 was a memorable evening for Milestone Academy. Twenty-eight students from the Milestone@theLeigh and Milestone@Wilmington satellites performed on a professional stage, as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival.

Our students, led by director Keren Read and supported by student-director Zack, presented an adapted version of Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare’s famously complex comedy. In front of an audience of hundreds at The Woodville in Gravesend, these students performed brilliantly. We were cheered on by fellow festival entrants: Cobham Hall, Rainham Mark Grammar School, and St Botolph’s Church of England Primary. The standard of all the performances was very high, and the heads of all three other schools congratulated Milestone on a great performance.

The festival coordinator commented that Milestone students presented an honest, funny and spirited performance that kept the audience laughing throughout. Special mentions were given to our teacher-director Zack, and to Shayden for an incredible solo singing performance. Marcus and Luke, who provided all the technical support for the production, also got a special mention from the festival organisers.

About the production, director Keren Read said “the performance was amazing but what really stands out is how well these students worked as a team. On stage and off stage, they were supporting each other and helping everyone do their best.” Elliot, who played Leonato, said “I am really proud of myself. I know how much I have improved.”

Run by the Shakespeare Schools Foundation, the Festival is the largest of its kind in the world with over 20,000 participants from more than 750 schools.