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.
NAMING THE VIEW is a modern day re-imagining of Katherine (The Taming Of The Shrew) after thirty years of marriage. Produced by FINDING THE WILL in association with the Everyman Theatre Cheltenham. The production was unanimously praised both for the central performances and the writing.
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.
Want to find out more about our different Shakespeare Workshops or Our Bard Heads Performances?
I’m currently spending a lot of time out of schools in the corporate sector, helping adults to find a voice, to have more effective, confident conversations. I’ll be honest, I’m using a lot of the same techniques I use with children – “tell me….explain to me……describe” – helping people of all ages to open up and be brave enough to say what they want to say in a confident, assertive manner.
Who are we to say King Duncan wouldn’t have wanted cheese sandwiches alongside champagne?
‘Who wants to live forever?’ – if we can keep having weeks like last week, we do! We’re in the diary for next June when the play will be……..sorry no spoilers!
It’s a very grown up play, with very adult themes, and lots of experiences that none of our actors will have encountered in their short lives.
We had a magical week and one that will stay with us for sometime.
“The rarer action is in virtue than in vengeance” so says Prospero in Act 5 Scene 1 of ‘The Tempest’
The spectre of the OFSTED inspector looming large in the background for two days (no offence meant, she seemed extremely pleasant)
Nobody panicked when the lights went out over lunchtime for the seventh time, it’s all in a week’s work at Collingbourne!