Covid-19 – The New Normal Working in Schools
FINDING THE WILL has been working in Primary and Special Schools since 2007 introducing Shakespeare through Interactive Workshops and Shakespeare Project Weeks. Over the years, our work has proved invaluable to many schools. As well as enhancing the Literacy curriculum, we also have a reputation for raising self-esteem and confidence in children plus improving teamwork, listening, concentration and creative skills. However, this lovely work requires, for the large part, face to face interaction.
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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.
Want to find out more about our different Shakespeare Workshops or Our Bard Heads Performances?
Does the Red Carpet beckon in 2021? Well, what do you know, it might! After eleven years of touring our series of one actor shows BARD HEADS, one of them has been nominated for an ONCOMM Award 2021. Written and performed by our very own Richard Curnow, THE WHIRLIGIG OF TIME , was picked up after some of the ONCOMM panel watched a live-streamed performance last week. We are absolutely delighted that, at last, there is some recognition of this brilliant piece of writing (not to mention the scarily good performance!).
Dèja vu? Play it again Sam? Once more with feeling? We’re back in Lockdown and seemingly back to where we were last Spring. True, there is a little more hope this time, with the vaccines all coming on stream but it’s still not easy is it?
One of the major learning curves for us in 2020 (the year that keeps on giving) is digital technology – how to use it to our best advantage.
So with little choice but to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into the new digital way of working, here at FTW HQ we’ve decided to embrace it.
Now, for all our Primary Schools out there who might be thinking, “hang on what about us?” here is some more good news!
With the long dark winter nights approaching, cold air outside and only the same few faces (and the dog if you’re lucky) to look at on a nightly basis- how on earth are we going to keep on top of this wave of fear and anxiety?
If it were possible for Alan Bennett to meet William Shakespeare wouldn’t you like to be there?
We were delighted with the response gathering audiences from all over the country and around the world.
So, the dates you need to save are: Thursday 17 September at 7.30pm The Whirligig Of Time and Thursday 24th September at 7.30pm The Dust Behind The Door.
As we plot a trepidatious course for the ‘new normal’, it still feels like we are all living in a kind of science fantasy/horror movie.
Depending on the size of your school and, therefore, the size of your bubbles, we can offer Interactive Workshops with one or two practitioners.
Fantasy or no fantasy, this is the real life – and we’ve only got the one.
“Wash your hands, put on your nightgown, look not so pale!” – the words of Lady Macbeth and Lockdown Advice in a nutshell! Keep your hands clean, be comfortable and don’t panic!
This will be our first foray into the world of digital performance so do join us at the beginning of our journey and let’s see how far we can go!