Shakespeare Workshops for Primary Schools

Our shakespeare workshops for primary schools are aimed at KS1 and KS2. The session is designed to be an interactive workshop whereby the children are encouraged to use their imaginations.

Bard Heads

Bard Heads takes an updated look at some well-loved characters from six of Shakespeare’s most popular plays and imagines what might have happened next.

Naming The View

On a bench, gazing at the gob-smacking view from Cleeve Hill, Kate is unexpectedly joined by an irritating acquaintance from her past.  An awkward conversation slowly reveals why their hopes and dreams never matched their expectations.
FINDING THE WILL teaching Year 4 about the play MacBeth at Christ Church Primary School

Shakespeare Workshops for Primary Schools & Special Schools

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

Naming The View

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 - Alternate take of Shakespeare's plays with a modern twist

Bard Heads

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!

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


Shakespeare Workshops

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?

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?

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! (plus competition and digital performance!)

“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!

Competition Time!

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!

Lockdown Latest

It’s difficult to imagine crowning Macbeth and Lady Macbeth if you are standing 2M away (unless you have extraordinarily long gloved arms!).

FINDING THE WILL in Lockdown

This is not a ‘please feel sorry for us’ blog (although, if you do, thank you very much!)
FINDING THE WILL can help all of you who find yourself home-schooling and are a bit foxed as to how to cover Literacy.
There will be challenges, there will be laughs, there will be tears before bedtime but we can do this!

The Coronavirus Edition

As schools close, exams disappear and work for millions grinds to a halt thanks to Coronavirus, here at FTWHQ we urge you all to stay positive. Last Monday I was lucky enough to squeeze in a final...

Macky’s Back In Town!

The St Bartholomew’s actors did not disappoint!
This spirit of teamwork, which shines more and more brightly as the week continues, is one of the most special aspects of the Shakespeare Project Week.

Batten down the hatches!

Batten down the hatches! Storm Ciara is here and, since we last spoke, FTW has been Tempest tossed in Ipswich and Dreaming donkeys in Middlesbrough!

Happy 2020! R&J do R&J!

Happy 2020 everyone! To kick start the new decade R&J (that's Richard & Jules) did 'Romeo & Juliet' with Years 3-6 at Great Leighs Primary, Essex last week. Who knew that tragedy could...

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