BRAVE NEW WORLD - IN OUR SCHOOLS
Our Brave New World programme is dedicated to working with all sections of society, including the most disadvantaged Surrey schools. Many of our projects are pilot-programmes, designed to broaden cultural engagement, improve curriculum learning and nurture the artists of tomorrow.
“The children absolutely loved the workshop. It was incredibly inclusive. Children from our deaf unit could participate through to our highest able Y6s.” Guildford Grove Primary School
Delight in Shakespeare: Primary School Tour
2019 will mark our fourth year of touring Shakespeare’s plays to the most disadvantaged primary schools in Surrey. Fourteen schools host our four actors (and our Little Will puppet), who bring our unique and energetic take on Shakespeare’s classic plays into their school hall.
Our primary school plays link Shakespeare’s text through easy-to-follow narration, while the children are invited on stage to play many of the roles. Even the teachers aren’t safe. Each school receives a series of workshops, allowing them to explore the play further, before creating their own version for the local community.
With the support of the charity Delight, we reach a new generation of theatre-goers with our professional touring productions and follow-up workshops, many of whom have never visited a theatre, let alone seen Shakespeare performed live.
The Play's The Thing: Secondary School Tour
2018 will mark our first tour to disadvantaged GCSE students in Surrey, providing them with professional insight at a crucial point of their academic life. The tour will deliver the two most popular Shakespeare plays studied at GCSE, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet. Each production has been created to provoke discussion and stimulate ideas for the students’ academic study.
Featuring four actors, the tour is adapted, directed and designed by GSC’s professional team. Each performance will also be supported by a series of follow-up workshops, allowing the children to explore the characters and scenes through practical exercises.
"This will be the only experience of live theatre that some of our students have ever had. It will certainly be some students’ ONLY experience of a live Shakespeare play. Many of them will probably never see a production of Shakespeare again." Tony Marshall, Head of English, Sunbury Manor School
You can listen to the BBC's piece on the project below (broadcast in November 2018).
A Time For All Things: Residency at Kings College, Guildford
We are working with King's College Guildford, as part of a year-long residency in 2018-19. The programme will provide every student at the school with 5 hours of Shakespeare workshops across the academic year.
The programme has been created in close collaboration with members of the King’s College teaching staff, with the support of The Guildford Poyle Charities and Natwest's Skills and Opportunities Fund. The residency ensures that each year group studies Shakespeare in a practical and effective way, growing in confidence with the text, as they the build-up to their GCSEs
"It made me realise that with just a little work and guidance from professionals, Shakespeare can be quite easily understood.” King’s College Student.
Speak The Speech: Residency at Guildford Grove Primary School
Through our ongoing collaboration with The Wrentham Trust, we provide free workshops at Guildford Grove Primary School. Each year, we work with all children in years 4-6, providing a six-week course for each class, supplementing and assisting their curriculum learning.
During each 6 week residency, the children are introduced to a Shakespeare play. A GSC facilitator takes the students through the plot of each act, recreating the scenes and blending the children’s own words with quotes from Shakespeare’s original text.
“We absolutely love working with the GSC and, once again, the quality of the performances and workshops is unparalleled. It’s all the children can talk about.” Joe Bibby, Teacher at Guildford Grove School.
Action To The Word: Bursaries and Placements
We host a variety of children on work-experience and grant bursaries for children who benefit greatly from our clubs, but wouldn’t normally be able to afford it.
In 2018 we granted three children from Weyfield School a free, year-long placement in our Saturday Drama Club, in conjunction with The High Sheriff Youth Awards. After only one term with us (20 hours), their school-life increased dramatically.
“The student’s attendance has been much more consistent in recent months. Her increase in her self-esteem is having a positive impact on her academic performance in school and she has made accelerated progress in the three core subjects this term.” Weyfield School Teacher.
Over the last few years, we have also been able to offer discounted tickets for our professional productions to local schools.
We raised over £60,000 for our Outreach work in 2018-19 which will engage with some 3,500 participants. The aim of the pilot projects is to create a detailed report, which we will deliver to local authorities and charities to encourage further projects and continued provision.
If you would like more information, or are interested in helping fund the future of these projects, please contact our Head of Education, Ant Stones. [email protected], 07956 000759.
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