Performing Shakespeare 2013
The English-Speaking Union is pleased to invite all London secondary schools to take part in Performing Shakespeare – a mixture of workshops and performance for year 8 and 9 pupils. It provides an excellent introduction to Shakespeare and helps young people develop confidence in their performance, speaking and presentation skills. Performing Shakespeare will take place at Dartmouth House, the ESU’s International Headquarters in Mayfair, on Wednesday 22 May 2013. Performing Shakespeare is sponsored by the ESU’s London region.
To take part in Performing Shakespeare, pupils are invited to submit a 5 minute video of their monologue or duologue by 19 April. Teachers and pupils from the winning schools will then be invited to attend the day in Mayfair on 22 May, 2013. Please see below for more details.
For tips, activities, and instructions on how to enter, view or download the handbook for Performing Shakespeare participants.
To download the handbook, please click on the link below.
How to enterPlease download the Participants' Handbook for tips and full guidelines.
Teachers may submit a 5 minute online video, on behalf of pupils, of a pupil or pupils delivering either a monologue or a duologue. This should begin with a short to-camera explanation from the student on why they have chosen the particular piece. Schools may submit as many online video auditions as they wish. Videos should be uploaded on YouTube and designated "unlisted". Unlisted videos will not appear in any of YouTube's public spaces and can only be viewed with the direct URL.
Alternatively you may send a DVD in the post to Performing Shakespeare, Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street, London W1J 5ED.
When you have uploaded/posted your entry/entries, please fill out the online entry form including contact details and the URL.
The online entry form must be completed, and all entries received by 6 pm on Friday 19 April 2013. The judges will review all entries and the school will be notified by Friday 26 April, 2013 if you have been successful.
22 May at Dartmouth House
The judging panel will select the best entrants and their schools to take part in the final event on 22 May. Every school with a pupil in the final will be able to select extra students to attend the day and participate in workshops. A total of five year 8 and 9 students may attend per entry – including the performing students. A maximum of two teachers may accompany the students.
The day will include workshops for teachers and pupils delivered by performers from Shakespeare's Globe. The best performances will then be selected to compete in front of a public audience and the judges. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.