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Leading global law firm Mayer Brown is supporting the drama department at Morpeth Secondary School in Bethnal Green in an innovative CSR project.

The projects include a performance of Twelfth Night by pupils (as part of the Shakespeare for Schools Festival) at the Unicorn Theatre in the West End; a pantomime; the development and production of a musical; and the provision of costumes, lighting, stages, theatre trips and a drama award for an outstanding pupil and will also incorporate an educational trip abroad to Greece for the sixth form students.

Mayer Brown is inviting clients and contacts to enjoy the performances at Morpeth School theatre. Morpeth is a specialist Arts College in Arts and Music and the drama department has gone from strength to strength since Danny Boyle, a British film director and producer (and a former Morpeth parent), visited the school to officially open the Performing Arts building in May 2008.

Mayer Brown already has a strong relationship with Morpeth School having run a successful legal literacy programme there for several years. The scheme sees Mayer Brown lawyers and BPP and Kaplan Law School students lead discussion groups on legal topics with Year 11 pupils as part of the school's citizenship programme, using quizzes and role play as well as discussion to help the young people understand their rights. Career events for pupils are also run at the firm's London office.

Dominic Griffiths, head of the Banking & Finance group in London who are funding the projects, said: "We are very proud to have had the opportunity to partner with Morpeth School's drama department. The quality of their productions have been exceptional and it is good to see so many talented pupils engage in the performing arts. It is important that young people have every opportunity to further their skills in theses areas, beyond just the traditional academic subjects."

For further information: 
Charlotte Ward
Senior PR & Marketing Manager, London
+44 20 3130 8547