Our aim is to become the go-to provider for Shakespeare education in the South East (outside of London). Through our work in schools and our in-house drama clubs, participants are empowered to grow in confidence, learn new skills and increase their understanding and experience of the world’s greatest playwright.
“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
We are dedicated to working with all sections of society and run several outreach programs with some of the most disadvantaged Surrey residents. Our over-riding objective is to broaden cultural engagement and nurture the audiences and artists of tomorrow.
"Last year, we engaged with over 4000 people, young and old, and delivered 92 workshops to 34 different schools across the South East. Our experiences of working with Delight and touring to some of the most disadvantaged schools in Surrey, has led us to consider developing a number of other Outreach projects, whereby we can utilise the power of theatre to help change lives for the better." Ant Stones, Head of GSC Education
We have a variety of projects running, as well as in the fundraising stage, all offering potentially life-changing results for the participants. If you would like more information, or are interested in helping fund these projects, please email Ant Stones.
Delight in Shakespeare
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.
We are now entering our third year of touring Shakespeare’s plays to the most disadvantaged primary schools in Surrey. For more information please see our Touring page.
Free School Workshops
Through collaboration with The Wrentham Trust, we are about to enter our third year of 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, which supplements and assists their curriculum learning.
The Community Foundation for Surrey have enabled us to provide free performances and workshops for GCSE students at three disadvantaged schools: Christ’s College, Oakwood School and Ash Manor School.
Over the last few years, we have also been able to offer discounted tickets for our professional productions to local schools.
We are delighted that Natwest will also be supporting our school's work in 2018, through their Skills and Opportunities Fund.
In 2018 we will be able to grant three children from Weyfield School a free, year-long placement in our Saturday Drama Club, in conjunction with The High Sheriff Youth Awards.
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.
Spirit of Youth
In development for 2018
Inspired by Channel 4's Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds and aimed at tackling social isolation in the elderly, Spirit of Youth will combine the mission of our Sprites Clubs (after-school Primary Shakespeare clubs) taking ten children from a local disadvantaged school to a local residential care home.
“Over 60 per cent of residents in care homes never receive visitors, which has a damaging impact on their emotional and physical well-being, even life expectancy. Children are open-minded and have an infectious energy, which will allow both generations to challenge and enjoy themselves in a risk-free environment.”
Over the course of ten weeks, the children and adults will explore a Shakespeare play together. Under GSC’s guidance they will work together to create a 15-20 minute version of the play which will then be performed to family, friends and the wider community.
With My Eyes
In development for 2018
Our ‘Excluded Youth’ project will invite teenagers with mental health issues and their parents to join us weekly drama-therapy sessions. Divided into their peer groups the participants will have the opportunity to create a piece of theatre about their experiences which they will eventually show to each other. The project will enable each group, through the medium of theatre, to share what they are going through and help reduce the feeling of isolation.
This will involve GSC drama practitioners as well as mental health professionals to guide and deliver the project.
It is our hope that these projects will act as pilot schemes that we could then take to other theatre companies in the surrounding area, and potentially the rest of the UK.