World’s a stage for Rachel

Kimberley Van Haren, Jasmine Clark and Rachel Sinha from Boston High School, who took part in a BBC Shakespeare competition. Rachel will be appearing on a live televised final on BBC in Jan 2012.
Kimberley Van Haren, Jasmine Clark and Rachel Sinha from Boston High School, who took part in a BBC Shakespeare competition. Rachel will be appearing on a live televised final on BBC in Jan 2012.

WILLIAM Shakespeare once wrote that all the world is a stage and all the men and women merely players – a theory one Boston High School student is certainly taking to heart.

Fourteen-year-old Rachel Sinha is one of hundreds of students from across the UK taking part in a national competition run by the BBC focusing on encouraging young people to engage with Shakespeare.

The year 10 student overcame competition from dozens of eager students to win the regional heat and put her entry in for the semi-final. She will discover on December 15 whether or not she has been selected for the final.

Dr Jason Howard, headteacher at Boston High School, said: “It’s particularly exciting to know that Rachel is through to the next round.”

Rachel and schoolmates Kimberley Van Haren and Jasmine Clark were selected to take part in the regional heats in London earlier this month.

They spent the day reciting their chosen pieces and taking part in a number of activities based on the bard’s work - even skipping along to iambic pentameter. They were then judged by a panel of BBC experts, who selected the winners of the heats. Just four students were chosen from around 100 entrants in London.

Rachel was recorded reciting ‘But soft, what light through yonder window breaks’, from Romeo and Juliet, which will now be viewed by judges, who will select nine students from about the UK to take part in the final.

If she is successful, Rachel will recite her chosen piece in a televised show, to be screened on BBC Two in the new year.

Rachel and her classmates were encouraged to take part in the competition by the head of the drama department Hillary Fitton, and Carol Burton, the head of the English department at the school.