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?
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There is something heartwarming about a room full of young children giggling and gasping as a story, written 400 years ago, unfolds.
I will also be working with three new practitioners – new (or nearly new) to FINDING THE WILL anyway.
During March we have visited 4 schools, introduced over 500 children and young people to either The Tempest or A Midsummer Night’s Dream and covered almost 1500 miles.
Is it just the climate we are living in? Or is it that young people nationwide are genuinely giving us hope for a better future?
As the end of the year draws nigh, and once again we wonder whether to party or not to party, to follow guidance or not to follow guidance, to be or not to be, it’s time for an end of year round up.
And so finally (Omicron permitting), we will be filming a studio performance of this beautiful play at Bournemouth University next month.
here at FTW HQ we wish you a relaxing, better than last year Christmas!
Ladies and gentlemen, we’re going to be alright!
We were all thrilled to learn there were also strawberries dipped in chocolate!
50% of the schools we’ve visited this month have been entirely new to our work, and 50% know us of old
There is so much to look forward to, if only the pandemic does not scupper all our plans once more.
Romeo & Juliet. I somehow feel the question “What is a Masked Ball?” might be a little redundant now we are so familiar with face coverings!
I’ve never considered myself to be a Barbara Broccoli and now I know I’m not!
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.