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 have any questions about the event, please e-mail competitions@esu.org.

Teachers are provided with resources to enable and encourage their students to submit a short video of themselves performing 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 national Grand Final in London each spring.

If you 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
Performing Shakespeare Hosting Guide