Rising Star Performs at Downing Street

Thursday 06 June 2013

A Burlington Danes Academy sixth form drama student performed a "compelling" monologue for government ministers at Downing Street on Friday.

Rahsaan Mauricette Brown recited Henry V's famous Saint Crispen's Day speech in front of Education Secretary Michael Gove, among others, at the Prime Minister's residence.

Dame Sally, who accompanied Rahsaan, said that the passionate rendition left many audience members in tears.

Rahsaan was invited to Downing Street as part of the Shakespeare for Schools Festival, having impressed in the academy's production of William Shakespeare's historic tragedy at Riverside Studios in November.

A spokesman for the festival said: "Rahsaan really commanded the room. He is an incredibly confident, mature and compelling performer.

"He has a charisma that captivates an audience as soon as he walks on stage."

Director of RADA Edward Kemp and award winning author Frances Osborne also attended the event where 12 students from five different schools took to the stage.

Concluding proceedings, Mr Gove said: "Shakespeare's language is our language. It is our inheritance.

"Through the Shakespeare for Schools Festival many pupils will now have the chance to share and enjoy this inheritance."