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Stratford-upon-Avon leads charge for national celebration of Shakespeare in primary schools

Warwickshire Schools Joint Open Day

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Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s hometown, will be leading the nation’s children in celebration of the world’s greatest playwright during Shakespeare Week 2017. 

Over 530 children from 15 schools across Warwickshire will be visiting Shakespeare’s home town on Friday, 24th March for a day of Shakespearian learning as part of the Warwickshire Schools Joint Open Day for Shakespeare Week.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has joined forces with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall, Holy Trinity Church and Orchestra of the Swan to coordinate a day of Shakespeare-inspired activities for Shakespeare Week. In conjunction with this year’s music theme, children will be taking part in a variety of practical workshops including Tudor dance and music, get up close to the world of Shakespearian theatre with voice and music workshops based on The Tempest, join in a Tudor lesson with the School Master, and explore aspects of classical music inspired by Shakespeare. The children will also uncover hidden gems on a town trail, walking in Shakespeare’s footsteps from cradle to grave.

Shakespeare Week was launched by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in 2014 as a way to share and celebrate Shakespeare’s work, life and times with every primary school child in the country.  Shakespeare Week provides teachers, home educators and families with free resources and ideas to teach Shakespeare across all subjects in the national curriculum including numeracy, geography, and computing.

Jacqueline Green, head of learning and participation at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, said, "It has been fabulous to see how schools have embraced the Shakespeare and music theme. Children have been going back to Tudor times with Elizabethan music and melody making, rocking right back to the 21st century with Shakespeare Rocks and embarking on digital missions with our new Mission Shakespeare digital badge project. All this and around 1000 performances of our Snappy Shakespeare scripts have made for an action packed Shakespeare Week 2017 so far!"

Families and visitors of all ages can also join in the fun this weekend. Here’s how the celebrations are shaping up in Stratford...

Saturday 25 March, 11am
Shakespeare’s Birthplace
Shakespeare-inspired performance by JDC Dance Company

The JDC Dance Company will be performing a modern dance inspired by Shakespeare’s famous plays.

Saturday 25 March, 12pm – 2pm
Shakespeare’s Birthplace
Renaissance Dancers

Watch the Renaissance Dancers perform traditional dance from the Tudor age and learn a step, or two, yourself.

Saturday 25 March, 2pm – 4pm
Shakespeare’s Birthplace
Shakespeare Morris Dancers

Dust off your bells for a fantastic and lively performance from the Shakespeare Morris Dancers.

Saturday 25 March, 12pm
Outdoor Theatre Performance: Julius Caesar
Shakespeare’s New Place

In association with the Shakespeare Schools Festival, pupils from Hillstone Primary School will perform exerts from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

Saturday 25 March, 2pm
Outdoor Theatre Performances: The Seven Ages of Man & Hamlet
Shakespeare’s New Place

Stagecoach Theatre Arts will be performing  the extract “Seven Ages of Man” from As You Like It followed by a performance from the Stratford Seniors who will recite the infamous speech “to be or not to be” from Hamlet. 

Saturday 25 March, 3pm – 4pm
The Drama Club Home Education Group presents: Young Will
Shakespeare’s New Place

Step in to Shakespeare’s New Place and watch the Drama Club Home Education Group perform an original production depicting the life of young William Shakespeare. 

Saturday 25 March, 12pm - 4pm & Sunday 25 March 1pm – 4pm
Tudor Instrument Workshop
Shakespeare’s New Place

Join musician Simon Pickard for a fun and interactive lesson in Shakespearian music and learn to play some Tudor tunes.

Saturday 25 March, 12pm -2pm
Warwickshire Music Waits Performance
Hall’s Croft

Prepare to be taken back in time by local music group Warwickshire Music Waits and watch them perform a range of Tudor renaissance music, live at Hall’s Croft.  

Saturday 25 March & Sunday 26 March, 12pm -4pm
Make your own junk Tudor instrument
Mary Arden’s Farm

Create your own music instruments out of junk materials and head to the stage to form your very own Tudor band. 

Saturday 25 March & Sunday 26 March, 12pm -4pm
Tudor Dance Workshops
Mary Arden’s Farm

It’s Strictly Tudor Dancing at Mary Arden’s Farm. Join Tudor dancing experts, Vary and Roxanne and learn how to bust some moves – Tudor style. 

Saturday 25 March, 2pm
Outdoor Theatre Performance: Julius Caesar
Mary Arden’s Farm

In association with the Shakespeare Schools Festival, pupils from Hillstone Primary School will perform exerts from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. 

Saturday 25 March & Sunday 26 March, 12pm -4pm
Lisa Yardley: Art at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Join artist in residence Lisa Yardley in the Family Activity marquee and help create an art installation inspired by Shakespeare and music. Leave your mark on the next artistic work to be displayed in the stunning grounds of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage.

All family activities take place daily from 12 – 4pm and included with a valid ticket. For more information visit www.shakespeareweek.org.uk

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