Shakespeare, performance and prose for Key Stage 3 students

The ESU Performing Shakespeare Competition

In response to school feedback, we are making some improvements to the Performing Shakespeare Competition for 2018/19. If you are interested in the competition, please register your interest by completing this short survey so we can contact you when registration opens.

We have moved the timeline of the competition back in the year so registrations will open in late November / early December. 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 to select regional finalists with clearer judging guidelines and supporting resources for schools!

Unlock the transformative power of Shakespeare's work. 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. If you would like to register your interest in the competition and join the mailing list, please leave your details here.

Teachers are provided with resources to enable and encourage their 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 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 each summer.

If you have any questions about the competition, please contact 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