Schools Massive 2017

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Schools Massive project celebrated the talent and achievements of children and young people in our local schools.

From January to March 2016, a team of Nottingham Playhouse practitioners worked with over 400 children and their teachers from 11 local schools. Together we turned school halls and classrooms into rehearsals rooms; where each class created a scene from The Tempest to put together for a special performance on our main stage.

We are delighted to announce that Schools Massive will return in the spring term of 2017.

This exciting project provides 10 local schools (Primary and Secondary) the opportunity to work alongside professional practitioners to create a short piece of theatre from one of Shakespeare’s plays, which will be Romeo and Juliet in 2017. The programme includes six in-school artist-led workshops, alongside professional development training for teachers and support staff.

“We feel very lucky to have had this amazing opportunity; to experience Shakespeare in a fun, physical way. The children were inspired and challenged. The active engagement allowed them to understand and use the original language and recognise and relate to plot, setting and characters. It’s brilliant to be part of a joint enterprise with other city schools. Our talented practitioner Alix, created and fostered an atmosphere where all the children felt confident to perform. It’s a meaningful experience they will remember for the rest of their lives and wonderful to hear children say, Yay it’s Shakespeare day!”
Feedback from a Year 6 Teacher at Haydn Primary

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