Dippermouth partners with UCL to deliver two new education programmes for young people

UCL has enlisted Dippermouth to develop and deliver two new education programmes in 2015.

Both programmes contribute to the university’s Widening Participation agenda, providing opportunities for students in non-selective inner London state schools.

For 100 Year 10 students taking part in the UCL Horizons programme, Dippermouth will deliver a new series of Shakespeare Live workshops. This initiative, incorporating live performance with expert guidance from actors and directors, has already involved hundreds of young people, including through Dippermouth’s partnership with the English-Speaking Union. Working together towards their own interpretations, students build confidence and creativity with performing Shakespeare live. Over five weeks at UCL, they will follow the revenge plot of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, gaining an introduction to rehearsal and performance technique, dramaturgy, design and technical theatre.

For 100 Year 9 students taking part in the UCL Sutton Scholars programme, Dippermouth will deliver Speak The Speech, a day-long workshop to improve public performance and speaking skills. Using theatre practice to support rehearsal and performance, the programme equips students with the skills they need to communicate effectively with an audience. It is supported by the Sutton Trust as part of the UCL Sutton Scholars initiative.

“We’re delighted to be working with UCL on these exciting new programmes,” said Jack Gamble and Quentin Beroud, co-Artistic Directors of Dippermouth. “With Shakespeare Live, and on new territory with Speak The Speech, we’re aiming to harness the collaboration, imagination and investigation which is central to making theatre. Thanks to UCL’s support, 200 young people stand to benefit in the weeks and months to come.”

Rachel Leighton, Access Officer at UCL Widening Participation and UK Undergraduate Recruitment said, “We’re very excited about the contribution that Dippermouth are making to some of our flagship Widening Participation programmes. We hope that their informative and engaging teaching style will stretch and challenge our highly-able project participants.”

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