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BBC Somerset Breakfast Show was live from Frome College’s campus Merlin Theatre on Friday 30 September, with guest David Warburton MP and the Shakespeare for Schools Company.

The team from BBC Somerset arrived at 7.00am to set up in the foyer of the Merlin Theatre for their 9.00am Breakfast Show with Ben McGrail hosting a hot seat with David Warburton MP. Frome College students were thrilled to do a Q&A session live on air through the 9.00-10.00am slot with the MP.


Throughout the morning the show covered the Shakespeare for Schools workshops with local schools on how to produce and set up a show, which they will perform in November. Frome College’s Vice Principal, Su King was interviewed by Ben, along with special guests who arrived throughout the show.

Claudia Pepler, Art Director at the Theatre said, 'We are proud to be one of the partner organisations of the Shakespeare’s Schools Festival, an event that we have been programming for over 10 years. It is always a highlight of our autumn season. This workshop was led by practioners from the festival working with schools and their teachers, the actual performance will be on Friday 11 November. '

James Craig from the BBC said, “Thanks to Frome College for helping to arrange everything, and for letting us be based on the campus. The show sounded really good and it was great to be able to speak to so many different people on air."


David Warburton MP said, “It really was fantastic to see the Shakespeare Schools Festival cast workshop with Selwood Academy performing superbly at Frome’s Merlin Theatre. I was blown away by the energy and focus of the children and the incredible skill of the workshop leaders, bringing out the very best in everyone’s ability.

“Thanks also to BBC Somerset for coming along and recording the event, even if it also meant an hour in the hot seat for me beforehand with good old Ben McGrail! Seriously, as always, it was terrific to talk to Ben and to answer questions sent in by listeners and students at Frome College. Looking forward to the next one!”

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