Last week, Shakespeare’s Globe welcomed Southwark students through its doors to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the birth of the Bard, with Our Theatre, the annual community performance from Globe Education.

Over 140 Southwark students from schools around the borough paid tribute to their local playwright in their local theatre in an original ensemble performance on the Globe stage entitled Seven Ages of Shakespeare, illustrating the famous monologue charting ‘mewling’ infant to ‘mere oblivion’...

Students, teachers, parents and friends filled the theatre to see young people from: ARK All Saints Academy, The Charter School, Harris Academy Peckham, Saint Saviour’s & Saint Olave’s School, Tuke and Highshore special schools and the Shakespeare’s Globe Southwark Youth Theatre.

Below are some comments by teachers from participating schools

Susan Wilson from Saint Saviour’s & Saint Olave’s School, said: “The students and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. To actually see my students perform on the Globe stage was one of my personal teaching highlights. I was so proud of their dedication and professionalism. I know this will be a lifetime memory for all involved.”

Jayesh Parmar is from Tuke School, a Special Educational Needs school in Peckham: “Our Theatre was a fantastic event that inspired students and staff alike. The whole project helped to give my students much needed confidence, it encouraged them to verbalise more and with greater clarity, and it was a wholly inclusive experience that catered for all groups equally.

Hats off to Globe Education who were supportive throughout and made the whole experience run as smoothly as possible. My support staff all said how much they were going to miss the project, how amazing it was for the students and how nice the staff  from the Globe were- a testament to the great relationships forged, beautiful experiences made and mountains of hard work that they put into the project. We’re really looking forward to next year.”

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The annual project is Shakespeare’s Globe’s commitment to continue founder Sam Wanamaker’s vision to work with the Globe’s local Southwark community. It is now in its eighteenth year and has been generously supported since its inception by PwC. Over 5,200 children have taken part to date.

- Phoebe Gardiner, Press Officer, Globe Education