We've been working with pupils at Birmingham’s Nelson Mandela School this summer to explore five Shakespeare plays.

School was back in session at the start of August as our Education team joined with one of our Lead Associate Schools, Nelson Mandela School in the Sparkbrook area of Birmingham, for a week of Shakespeare.

Over the five days, 17 of the school’s pupils took part in socially-distanced drama work to explore a new play each day: Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night.

With schools reopening next month, getting to grips with doing drama and group work in a Covid-secure way will be something that teachers and other education practitioners have to get used to, and the week gave our team a number of insights into how to get the best out of this new way of working.

Children in a circle doing theatre exercises.
Socially-distanced drama work at Nelson Mandela School.

We hope to build on the online education work done during lockdown over the new school year, including storytelling, developing literacy, and exploring Shakespeare and race with schools, teachers and young people in the UK and our partner schools in America and China.

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