Our shakespeare workshops for schools are aimed at KS1 and KS2. The children require no prior knowledge of the play, in fact we actively encourage teachers not to reveal the story before we arrive. The session is designed to be an interactive workshop whereby the children are encouraged to use their imaginations.
FINDING THE WILL has an inclusion policy that actively strives to deliver exciting and educational workshops to all children and young people whatever their disability or impairment. We design bespoke Workshops to ensure that everyone is safe, welcome and able to take part.
Bard Heads takes an up-dated look at some well-loved characters from six of Shakespeare’s most popular plays and imagines what might have happened next. Each 50 minute one man/woman show is full of laughter, tears and quite a few surprises. You will not need to know the parent play or even like Shakespeare to have a good night out!
Demystifying Shakespeare for Students of all Ages
FINDING THE WILL’s fervent desire is to show that the plays of Shakespeare are as accessible now as they were four hundred years ago. They are cracking stories full of passion, jealousy, betrayal, love, war and humour – as good as any Hollywood blockbuster movie today.
We demystify Shakespeare making it easy to understand, enjoyable, relevant and, above all else, fun! FINDING THE WILL offers shakespeare workshops for schools and adult groups designed to take the fear out of Shakespeare.
“The legacy has continued in that all the Shakespeare books are permanently out of the library.”
Year 6 Teacher, Nursteed Community Primary, Devizes
“Truly inspirational stuff!! It’s been wonderful to see the impact on all children. Quiet nervous ones emerging from shells, behaviour challenges focused and able children extended. Please don’t go!”
Ampfield Primary, Hants
At FINDING THE WILL the ‘end’ we work towards is one where all who take part leave with an understanding, not only of the characters, plots and themes of a particular play, but an awareness that Shakespeare is as relevant today as it always was. To reach that end, a journey of individual confidence building and creative teamwork is undertaken.
FINDING THE WILL believes there are no wrong answers only interesting ideas. The children are continually encouraged to let their imaginations take flight, to empathise with and to articulate complex dilemmas of each principal character. By the end of the story all that have taken part have gone on a journey far beyond the confines of the play.
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Question: What do you get if you take 28 children from at least 6 different countries, all with English as an Additional Language, and present them with a Shakespeare play to follow?
Answer: A brilliant day of fun, confidence building and lots of laughs!
One Dream Week in Wembley was good but then, would you give it credence, we had a second Dream Week in Wigan!
We’ve had a lovely year working with almost 4000 children, and entertaining almost a 1000 people with our show ‘Bard Heads’.
We would like to send a special thank you to our artist for this year’s Christmas card – Hadeel from Anson Primary School in Brent.
Now in case you thought that Richard and I only ‘do Shakespeare’…………….
Our show ‘Bard Heads’ is a palpable hit! We always secretly knew this, but it is nice to have it confirmed by people ‘in the know’.
If you are still wondering whether or not to record ‘Strictly’ and come out for the evening, have a read of our 4 Star review from Saturday night.
There has certainly been a lot of Trumpeting going on this week (see what I did there?).
There’s no business like show business and at All Saints Primary School, Whiteparish, Wiltshire, they are finding this out big time!
A mysterious sickness bug seems to have afflicted some of our actors today and the Nurse, Lady Montague and Tybalt have all been affected.
A lesson in caring and looking out for each other that many an adult could learn from.
What do you get if you mix sixty ten year olds, Yorkshire accents, tiny voices and a lot of hard work? Not so much a nightmare as a rather brilliant dream.
Although written 400 years ago, there are some definite parallels with life in 2016.
So all at Montagu Academy, take a bow!