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