Outreach and Education Sponsorship
“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 on Action to the Word (GSC Saturdays Bursary).
WHY IS YOUR SUPPORT IMPORTANT?
In 2018, GSC raised over £60,000 for Brave New World, a programme of year-long outreach projects to assist disadvantaged schools and reduce social isolation in the community. As an unsubsidised charity, we rely on the generosity of our supporters to continue the programme and broaden cultural engagement, improve social isolation and provide help to those who need it most. .
THE BENEFITS FOR PARTICIPANTS IN OUR OUTREACH PROJECTS INCLUDE;
- Increased confidence, sociability and well-being.
- Improved school attendance and academic attainment.
- Increased communication and team-working skills..
"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."
Head of English at Sunbury Manor School on The Play’s The Thing (School Tour)
HOW TO SUPPORT US
If you would like to support us, please consider on of our supporter packages below. For more information, or if you would like to tailor your own package, please contact Ant Stones, Head of Education, on 07956 000759 or [email protected].
£480 – Action to the Word: GSC Saturdays Bursary
One child joins our GSC Saturdays drama club for a whole year (3 terms). Working with professional instructors, they play fun games and rehearse plays. Past groups have performed as part of Our Sonnet Walks and recorded short plays with Eagle Radio.
£700 – Action to the Word: Young Company Bursary
One child follows in the footsteps of our professionals and joins the GSC Young Company, a weekly course for 12-18 year-olds. Members receive a mentor from the company and devise and rehearse a brand-new play, performed as part of Will's Birthday Bash in April.
£1,000 – The Play’s The Thing: School Workshops
2 interactive workshops for a secondary school year group (100+ children). Actors present the play on the school site, followed by the students exploring the play in smaller groups, gaining first-hand knowledge of the language, themes and scene interpretation.
£1,700 – A Time For All Things: Secondary School Residency (One Year-Group)
Shakespeare workshops for a secondary school year group (100+ children) spread across the academic year. Created in close collaboration with teachers, the residency ensures each year-group studies Shakespeare in a practical and effective way, as they the build-up to their GCSEs.
£2,500 – Speak The Speech: Primary School
6-week courses for 3 primary school year-groups (100+ children), supplementing their curriculum learning. During the residency, the children are introduced to a Shakespeare play, recreating the scenes and blending the children’s own words with quotes from Shakespeare’s original text.
£3,000 – Spirit of Youth: Intergenerational Project
10 primary-school children join 10 residents of a local residential care home to explore a Shakespeare play together. Over the course of 10 weeks, they work together to create a 20-minute version of the play which will then be performed to family, friends and the wider community.
£8,500 – A Time For All Things: Secondary School Residency (Whole School)
Shakespeare workshops for a whole secondary school, Years 7-11 (500+ children) spread across the academic year. Sessions are tailored for each year-group’s specific needs, allowing them to grow in confidence with Shakespeare’s text from the very beginning of their GCSE journey.
£12,000 – With My Eyes: Therapeutic Drama Sessions
A 10-week course for 8 teenagers and their parents (around 24 participants). Each peer-group is assisted by a qualified dramatherapist to tackle issues around poor mental-health. Participants create a piece of theatre for a final group-sharing, enabling greater family communication.
GSC also understands that one-size-does-not-fit-all, so if there is a something you would like to discuss that isn’t in this list then we would be very happy to do so.
Our Recent Cultural Impact
4000 children & adults attended workshops & events
2922 underprivileged children accessed Shakespeare across Surrey
1651 children took part in our bespoke workshops
2000 school pupils saw our touring productions
39 schools visited
GSC's Outreach Work partners and supporters
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