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
To register your schools interest email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our foyer’s being School ‘Massived’ with lots of lovely displays in prep for Wed’s perf of The Tempest by 400 pupils pic.twitter.com/hpnzqGq1o8— Nottingham Playhouse (@NottmPlayhouse) February 29, 2016
We’re in tech for #SchoolsMassive— Alix Manning-Jones (@AlixJones12) February 29, 2016
NottmPlayhouse</a>! Very excited with <a href="https://twitter.com/AllieSpencer1">AllieSpencer1
NathanPowell141</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/GeorgieDaunt">GeorgieDaunt pic.twitter.com/WjTOBzmoKb
It’s #SchoolsMassive day &
bbcemt</a> are here filming as we rehearse a scene ready for 2 performances this afternoon! <a href="https://t.co/AU379RkJ5p">pic.twitter.com/AU379RkJ5p</a></p>— Nottingham Playhouse (NottmPlayhouse) March 2, 2016
What an amazing performance! Well done #schoolsmassive— Elvi Piper (@elvipiper) March 2, 2016
NottmPlayhouse</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/AlixJones12">AlixJones12 #Shakespeare #tempest pic.twitter.com/ddBGaJvCDN
#SchoolsMassive – such stuff as dreams are made on – huge congrats to the participation team et al
NottmPlayhouse</a></p>— New Perspectives (NPtheatre) March 2, 2016
Very talented Wrongsembler— Wrongsemble (@wrongsemble) March 2, 2016
AlixJones12</a> pulled off an amazing feat in the inaugural <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/schoolsmassive?src=hash">#schoolsmassive</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/NottmPlayhouse">NottmPlayhouse with 440 young people!