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?
After the weirdest of weird 18 months for children, staff and parents alike (not to mention the humble drama practitioner), FINDING THE WILL is back!
I just want to say something publicly here about FINDING THE WILL’s co-founder and my very dear friend, Richard Curnow.
In a typical year, FINDING THE WILL works with 2000 children but in this untypical year it’s been about 600.
Now if anyone had said to me this time last year “Good luck for your run at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2021” I’d have said “Go shake your ears!”.
f you’d told us this time last year, that a year later, we would be preparing for a Monologue Marathon in Edinburgh, we would have told you to get lost before you could say ‘Barnard Castle’.
It’s been a while but we are back in the saddle! Since we were last in touch, FINDING THE WILL has been into two schools – two new schools to us into the bargain – and we are thrilled that the magic is still there!
We’re cranking up the engine, there’s some spluttering, but the sound of a smooth transmission is so close now. The road ahead looks slightly daunting and yet bits of it seem familiar. We are just waiting for the final ‘Road Closed’ sign to be removed and we’re off! And we can’t wait!
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?