We welcomed 380 young people from across the country to perform on our world-famous stage last week for our annual Playmaking Festival.
Pupils have worked with our team of Director Mentors, as well as practitioners from our theatre partners, to rehearse a segment from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing over the past two terms.
Last week schools came together in Stratford-upon-Avon to work with the same creative team to weave the segments together and create a unique collaborative performance.
The Playmaking Festival took three different forms:
- National Playmaking: Young performers from Cornwall, Blackpool, Hull, North Staffordshire, Cumbria, County Durham and Suffolk performed their interpretations of Shakespeare’s comedy in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre on 12 July.
- Local Playmaking: On 13 and 15 July, 10 schools and a college from the Stratford-upon-Avon area had their chance to perform on stage.
- Regional Playmaking took place in regional theatres and schools across the country, brought together by a dedicated website to celebrate students’ work.
All the young people who took part in the festival are part of our Associate Schools’ Programme or our Stratford Schools’ Partnership.