Will's theatre debut

A Derby Grammar School student is celebrating after securing a role in a production of Macbeth at Derby Theatre.

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5th March 2020 — A Derby Grammar School student is celebrating after securing a role in a production of Macbeth at Derby Theatre.

Will Flear was selected to play Fleance in Shakespeare’s play after attending his first ever audition for a large-scale production.

The 12-year-old has been taking part in LAMDA lessons at Derby Grammar School since he joined in Year 4.

LAMDA classes are available to all pupils, with many taking up the sessions to improve communication and performance skills, as well as developing confidence. They are taught by the school’s in-house peripatetic LAMDA teacher, Hayley Simpson.

Will also attends weekly workshops at Derby Theatre and is looking forward to treading the boards in Macbeth in March.

He said: “I would really like to be an actor. My favourite subject at school is speech and drama.

“This was my first real audition. I went along to get some experience and was surprised but very happy to hear I'd actually got the part.

"I had to read from a script for the audition and we learnt how to speak using different voices. I didn’t read for a specific part; I was told which part I’d got and I was really pleased because I wanted to play Fleance. The audition was ok, everyone was friendly and I wasn’t too nervous.

“I feel quite confident about it as I’m not saying too much but I am running around quite a lot. After this I will see what else comes up. I would like to audition for something else."

Mrs Simpson congratulated Will on his achievement.

She said: “Will is a fantastic actor, and that combined with his determination means that he is unstoppable! I am so pleased he was successful at the audition, which will have been very tough due to the professional nature of the production. Shakespeare is difficult to master but amazing when it is done right and I know Will has what it takes to bring his character to life on stage. I can't wait to see it!"

About Derby Grammar School

Derby Grammar School is Derbyshire’s leading independent day school for boys aged 4 to 18 and girls aged 16 to 18.  Our Primary School, Senior School and co-educational Sixth Form are housed in a stunning setting within our own grounds in Littleover, Derby.

Three principles lie at our core: excellent teaching, incredible opportunities, and a supportive, friendly atmosphere.  These are the things that make us special.  And they are the reasons our pupils come into school each day with a smile, eager to learn and expand their minds.

We strive to ‘bring education to life’. The enthusiasm of our teachers sparks excitement and interest for curious minds. We create an environment where our pupils’ strengths are sought out and celebrated. Our small size enables us to do this; we know and treat each child as an individual.

Academic success can be seen each year in the excellent GCSE and A level results our pupils achieve. But an education at Derby Grammar School goes much deeper.

Our extensive range of extra-curricular activities provide an excellent basis to further develop the personal skills and interests of each of our boys. Activities include clubs, trips, competitions, concerts, plays, visits and sporting fixtures. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is run throughout the school, and our charitable work is central to building the character of our pupils.

Derby Grammar School pupils emerge as confident, knowledgeable and considerate individuals who are ready, willing and more than able to take on life’s challenges – and succeed.

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