Charging full-speed into its seventh year, Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank is Globe Education’s flagship project providing live performance, workshops, teaching tools and an altogether unforgettable experience to over 60,000 young people in London – for free.
Designed especially for schools, the annual project provides a 360-degree learning and teaching experience for schools to get into Shakespeare, the culmination of which is a stunning 90-minute, full-scale performance of one of Shakespeare’s plays on the famous Globe stage. Thanks to Deutsche Bank over 16,000 tickets are given away for free each year to state schools in every London borough so that they can come to the Globe and see live Shakespeare. This year Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank is excited to perform one of the Bard’s most-loved plays: Romeo & Juliet.
The Playing Shakespeare project is designed to promote active and practical approaches to the teaching of Shakespeare at Key Stage 3 and 4. As well as offering in-school workshops for students to help maximise the learning opportunities around the texts, Globe Education also provide Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions for teachers to encourage and support the teaching of Shakespeare in and out of the classroom.
Students can also take their learning into their own hands with the accompanying interactive website, playingshakespeare.org. The site is tailor-made for each year’s production and provides a further entertaining and in-depth learning resource with insights into creating a production for the Globe Stage, including interviews with actors and key company members, photos, blogs, exclusive material and character profiles. It also has a special ‘notes for teachers’ section. This year’s site will go live in February.
Over the last six years the partnership with Deutsche Bank has helped over 60,000 students experience Shakespeare for themselves – often for the first time. Colin Grassie, UK CEO at Deutsche Bank speaks of the importance of supporting the arts for young people: “Creating enthusiasm for the arts and motivating young people to achieve in an academic environment has never been more important. Deutsche Bank firmly believes in encouraging the next generation to strive for success, and we look forward to seeing the results of this.”
Prior to this year’s run at Shakespeare’s Globe Romeo and Juliet will premiere in Doha as part of Qatar UK 2013, open the Abu Dhabi Festival and be staged in Dubai. Further information will be available at playingshakespeare.org.