Shakespeare, performance and prose for Key Stage 3 students

The ESU Performing Shakespeare Competition 2018-2019

Registration is now open until Monday 7 January 2019.

As you may have seen, this year we're making some changes to the competition.

- The initial heats will take place in January / February, the Regional Finals in late March/April and the Grand Final in June.

- We have removed the video round in favour of internal school competitions, so that we select regional finalists with clearer judging guidelines and supporting resources for schools

What is Performing Shakespeare?

The English-Speaking Union's Performing Shakespeare Competition allows Key Stage 3 and home-schooled pupils in England and Wales, between the ages of 11 and 14, to demonstrate and develop their creativity, their confidence and their ability to express themselves - important skills in the classroom and in the wider world.

Teachers are provided with resources to enable and encourage their students to perform a monologue or duologue from any of Shakespeare's texts. The best entries are sent forward to the regional finals, which include an educational workshop and a live performance of their chosen speech.

Winners from each region are invited to the Grand Final in London.

Once registered, teachers can download the School Handbook, the Judge Handbook and the Marksheet.

These resources enable you to prepare students to perform a monologue or duologue from any of Shakespeare's texts. All students receive feedback and the best entries are sent forward to their area finals, which include an educational workshop and a live performance of their chosen speech.

Winners from each area of the country are then invited to the Grand Final in London each summer.

If you have any questions about the competition, please contact the Lead Organiser, Matthew Christmas (matthew.christmas@esu.org)

Resources

The ESU provides teaching resources that enable students and teachers to engage with Shakespeare in a fun and interactive way. Students who reach the Regional Final have the opportunity to take part in educational workshops.

Example Speeches: Duologues
Example Speeches: Monologues
Judge Handbook
Marksheet
School Handbook