Shakespeare, performance and prose for Key Stage 3 students

The ESU Performing Shakespeare Competition

The Performing Shakespeare 2017/18 is now over; to read about the final at Wyndham’s Theatre click here. We are making some adjustments to the 2018/19 competition based on school feedback and will update you when the schedule is finalised.

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 without committing or you have any questions, please e-mail competitions@esu.org with your name, role in school, school name, school postcode and email address.

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 spring.

If you would like to register your interest and join the mailing list or have any questions about the event, please e-mail competitions@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