We've been working with Blackpool Grand Theatre to hold online sessions with community groups in Blackpool during lockdown, as they explore their hopes and fears of going back into the world.

The weekly meetings are part of our Shakespeare Nation mission to create a nation of Shakespeare and theatre lovers around the country.

Many of those taking part are older and living in isolation, some with underlying health issues. They meet every Wednesday afternoon with our voice practitioners and actors to create a version of Henry V’s great battle speech Once More Unto The Breach. You can watch the video below.

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The group in Blackpool is made up of Liberty Church (LGBTQ church group), Blackpool Better Start children’s centre, Friends of Stanley Park (residents group) and a group of landlords and hoteliers.