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?
During the academic year 2021/22 we have worked in 15 Primary Schools and 3 Special Schools with approximately 1450 young people.
A HUGE End of Term Thank You then to all the schools we have worked with this year.
Our wonderful co-founder and director Richard Curnow is heading to the Edmonton Fringe, Canada
What joy there was on the afternoon of Friday 10 June when the entire Barkston & Syston Primary School, near Grantham, Lincs came together to perform Macbeth.
Our minds have been buzzing with memories of Turtle soup, paleontologists, olympic gymnasts and small business owners – and that’s just the workshop!
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During May, FINDING THE WILL has visited three schools, delivered eight Interactive Workshops and one Project Week on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, The Tempest and Romeo & Juliet.
What play does a donkey and a lion say to you?
I have a feeling some 4 year old witches may be stealing the headlines when I report back to you
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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?