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Educational Outreach

A summer full of Shakespearean drama for local schoolchildren

Shakespeare Summer School

On the 14 & 15 July our learning team travelled to nearby Birmingham to run Outreach sessions as part of KES VI's Summer School. 100 Year 5 pupils from 26 primary schools across the city took part in Living History and Drama workshops. The children worked extremely hard from start to finish, learning what life was like in Shakespeare's day and having lots of fun along the way. They made lavender bags, dressed up as a plague doctor, designed and painted their own Tudor wall hangings, wrote with quills and made their own horn books to take home.

All of the children participated in a drama workshop on A Midsummer Night's Dream. The end of Summer School was marked with a prize-giving where all 100 children performed extracts of the Dream to their teachers and parents. We would like to thank Gill Jones, Mhairi Peters, Clare Mayer and Pete Smith who worked extremely hard to bring Shakespeare to life for these young people. The staff at KES VI Birmingham, the children's parents and the visiting speakers were all extremely complimentary about the event and the children evaluated the session themselves using a quill (of course!). A big well done and thanks to all involved.