The English-Speaking Union has chosen Dippermouth to deliver the 2014 Performing Shakespeare programme.
This major initiative introduces secondary school pupils to Shakespeare through the experience of performing his work. Guided by professional theatre makers, students develop their engagement with the texts and the process of staging them. They also increase their confidence, understanding and enjoyment.
Dippermouth will provide expert workshops, developed with Shakespearean actors, directors and world-leading academics, in schools across the country. The company will also oversee a day of workshops at the ESU’s headquarters in Mayfair, and judge the final of this year’s Performing Shakespeare competition.
In previous years, Performing Shakespeare has been delivered in London by practitioners from Shakespeare’s Globe. This year, Dippermouth will offer workshops outside the capital too, with students in Brighton and Wales participating for the first time.
The partnership recognises Dippermouth’s outstanding work in education and access, including its workshops for Associate Schools and the pioneering Free First Night scheme. It also represents a major opportunity to communicate the company’s experience of production and performance, most recently in delivering a highly successful Winter Season of plays.
‘We’re thrilled to be working closely with the ESU on this outstanding programme,’ said Dippermouth’s Artistic Directors, Jack Gamble and Quentin Beroud. ‘This is an opportunity to share our passion for Shakespeare and performance, and to help young people develop interests and interpretations of their own. We can’t wait to see what they achieve.’
Dippermouth’s partnership with the ESU will also include a series of workshops for primary schools as part of Shakespeare Week. Further information about this, and all of Dippermouth’s work in education, is available at dippermouth.com/education.