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Performing Shakespeare

 

'A tremendous campaign and competition (...) I only wish every child were able to take part. 

Ben Crystal, 2015 Grand Final Judge.

AN INVITATION

For the first time in the competition's history, we will be inviting our finalists onto the stage of a West End theatre. The National Grand Final will be held at the Gielgud Theatre on Tuesday 8 March 2016. We have a limited number of audience tickets available, please contact Emma Coffey (Emma.Coffey@esu.org) if you would like to attend.

ESU PERFORMING SHAKESPEARE COMPETITION 2015/16

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death and his works are as prevalent in the National Curriculum as ever. Here at the ESU, we believe that one of the most exciting ways for young people to engage with Shakespeare's works in through the medium in which they were intended to be enjoyed.

The ESU Performing Shakespeare Competition allows all Key Stage 3 pupils and homeschooled pupils between the ages of 11 and 14 to enhance their understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare through theatre and performance. With newly created resources available to teachers during the process, the ESU is excited to enter the 5th year of this growing national competition.

Pupils submit a short video of themselves performing a monologue or duologue from any of Shakespeare's texts. These are then adjudicated by our regional panels and the best entries are sent forward to the Regional Finals, a day which will include educational workshops and a reprise of the video entries in front of a live audience. Winners from each region will be invited to the National Grand Final in London, in March 2016.

Performing Shakespeare is kindly sponsored by the ESU's London Region. 

HOW TO REGISTER

Registration for this competition is now closed. Registration is free of charge and there is no limit to the number of pupils who may enter from each school.  

If you have any queries regarding the competition, please contact the National Co-Ordinator, Emma Coffey on Emma.Coffey@esu.org or 0207 529 1590.