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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Sometimes, at the end of a workshop, we get thanked. Sometimes, we get a cheer. Rarely do we get a full on salutation of gratitude such as this!
Mention must also go to the three awesome witches! Whether it was the Halloween effect or, as I suspect, their genuine delight at having licence to cackle, they were great!
FINDNG THE WILL can actually make the lives of teachers easier too!
here we are at the beginning (actually almost in the middle) of the Autumn Term and I’ve only just realised that we’ve not spoken since the end of the Summer term.
Delighted to say we are heading back to a lovely school in Hornchurch in a couple of weeks.
The co-founder, and inspiration for FINDING THE WILL, Richard will be performing CALL ME OZ at The Bridge House Theatre, London in November.
A quick count up shows that during the last 10 months we’ve worked with approximately 1000 children ranging in age from 4 – 16.
We’ve covered the country from Merthyr Tydfil to Peterborough, Southampton to Yorkshire and all sorts of places in between!
In the afternoon we travelled on to Greece for an introduction to A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.
There’s something magical about hearing a child speak Puck’s words at the end of the play.
Standing on a stage and speaking out loud to over 150 adults, is a pretty daunting task, especially when you are only 8 or 9.
Last week we went from Verona to Athens back to Italy and finally to Scotland!
“Woodpecker seasoned with pepper”. I think there’s a tongue twister in there somewhere!
So, here at FINDING THE WILL, we have a policy of Gender Blind Casting
the special guest was Michael Rosen (our Patron), so it was fitting that we were there too.
The big voices were still big, the little voices were a little louder but the church holds 800 people! Again, Mr Shakespeare (who was 459 of course last Sunday) has helped children from 7- 15 to come out of their shells.
The Diary entry of Macbeth on the night he killed King Duncan, as imagined by one pupil in Year 6.
King Duncan set us off with his desire to ‘terminate’ the Thane of Cawdor.
Some of the teachers became actors – an extra thrill for the students watching the staff fall in and out of love at the squeeze of a purple flower!
Why did the cow cross the road?
Why does drama matter?
So the real reason why the cow crossed the road – apart from to get to the udder side (see what I did there?) was……