Mentally Focused Theatre

Streetspeare Schools Project


The Streetspeare Schools Project (SSP) is a site-specific performance experience that gives schools the chance to enhance children’s understanding of Shakespeare by partaking in a creative theatre making process.

SSP allows children to think like actors, developing an understanding of Shakespeare's plays through doing and seeing rather than conventional classroom based approaches. It gives schools and children the opportunity to work alongside other schools and professional artists to create abridged version of a Shakespeare play, performed in locations that are meaningful or relevant to the text being staged.

Registration for the 2017 Streetspeare Schools Project is now open! You can register your school by using the button below.

Register your school.

Step 1

Sept- Dec

Schools register their interest in the project, link up with a partner school and pick the Shakespeare text they wish to perform.

Step 2

Jan - May

Students work with a theatre director every week to develop their outdoor performance. Teachers receive a CPD Day from the Royal Shakespeare Company. Students also work alongside local arts venues to create mini performance company's, giving children roles such as 'Assistant Director' and 'Stage Manager' to help enhance their performance experience.

Step 3

Mar - May

Students get the opportunity to watch live performance, have a backstage tour at a local venue and have workshop with other arts professionals on costume design, music, props making and lots more.

Step 4


The abridged performances are then performed locally in places that are meaningful or relevant to the text being staged. Past performances have included The Tempest onboard HMS Warrior and Henry V in the ruins of Holyrood Church.


'It was a very positive experience overall, and a fantastic learning and enrichment experience for all involved.’

Morna Saville, Head of Curriculum Drama, Bay House School

It was very fun, enjoyable and I would love to do it again.

Student, Year 5

‘Very rewarding project. Well organised and delivery of sessions and quality of teaching was excellent. The transition element of the project was fantastic and worked very well.’

Rebecca Allen, Head of Performing Arts, Woodlands Community School

It was so much fun, I have never thought of Shakespeare in this way before.

Ellie, Year 9

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Supported by

Skills Funding Agency European Union Social Fund Arts Council England Basingstoke Theatre Trust
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