Ellie tells us about being a Shakespeare Ambassador through her secondary school years
Through the Shakespeare Ambassadorship I have been privileged to take part in so many activities that when asked to choose a highlight it is almost impossible. It has been an honour, and every moment has helped and will help the person I become as I grow. One occasion was leading Shakespeare themed open evening activities, where primary school children burst into peels of laughter shouting out Shakespearean insults and parents had their perceptions of Shakespeare challenged by joining in with acting challenges with full enthusiasm. There is a special joy in watching someone’s eyes light up when they encounter Shakespeare in a way that resonates with them for the first time and something I have been so lucky to be able to be a part of.
It has brought me closer to many of my peers and other Ambassadors. I have fond memories of rehearsing a small Shakespeare themed comedy sketch that we wrote, which we still talk and laugh about years later. Workshops with other Ambassadors in the Bradford cluster are not only enjoyable trips to share ideas and meet other individuals who share my love for Shakespeare and the arts, but chances to build on my confidence, communication skills, and creativity. Being a Shakespeare Ambassador has helped me to become a confident young leader.
I have improved my communication skills by learning to be relatable, using an engaging tone and the right body language, as well as improving my literacy skills by creating coherent messages for other students as part of advertising events. I know that the invaluable skills I have learnt from my time as an ambassador will take me far in life. I can already see how these skills will help me with university interviews, academic papers and managing future projects. I know that who I become will be largely due to my experiences with the RSC. It is something that will forever be part of me and something I will forever be grateful for.
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