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"The richness of the experience, the confidence it builds, the impact on writing... this is a wonderful project!"

Keith Powell, head teacher

St Saviour's Catholic Primary School, Ellesmere Port

Image by Andrew Billington Photography

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The Children's Shakespeare Festivals

 

The Children's Shakespeare Festivals are large-scale, inter-school performance festivals, which enable pupils to explore Shakespeare through compelling drama in the classroom, before bringing together up to 8 schools to perform on the stage of prestigious professional theatres across the North West and beyond.

In 2018 the project celebrated ten years of unlocking Shakespeare for primary aged children and special educational settings. During this time the project has worked with more than 15,000 children and young people, 500 school staff and over 250 schools across the region.

The project was a finalist in the 'Outstanding Drama Initiative' category at the Music and Drama Education Awards in 2020.

 

Whilst each festival uses our tried and tested model, each is unique and aims to celebrate the diverse creativity of the children whom the school communities serve, as well as developing teacher confidence in using drama in the classroom. Here you can find out more about the individual Children's Shakespeare Festivals, and if you are interested in participating email us.

*North West Drama is an Artsmark partner and Arts Award Centre. Find out more about the CSF Arts Award and CSF Artsmark Resources.

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Want to request more information about the Children's Shakespeare Festivals or register your interest in joining?

Contact: 

Matt Wardle | Creative Producer

matt@northwestdramaservices.co.uk

 
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Royal Exchange Theatre

Children's Shakespeare Festivals

Festival Director: Sue Harding               
If you'd like your school to be involved click here to get in touch.

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Our original and hugely popular project, developed and delivered through a highly productive partnership with the Royal Exchange Theatre. Through our shared aims and objectives, North West Drama and the Creative Learning team at the Royal Exchange continue to offer the opportunity for schools to perform in this stunning 'in the round' theatre. 

 
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The Lowry

Children's Shakespeare Festivals

Festival Director: Matt Wardle               
If you'd like your school to be involved click here to get in touch.

Image by Andrew Billington Photography

Since 2014, through our partnership with The Lowry, we bring the experience of the CSF to schools in Salford and Greater Manchester, but also further afield (currently including Ellesmere Port, Birkenhead, and Blackburn) with the final performances on the stage of the wonderful Quays Theatre.

 

Image by Andrew Billington Photography

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The Stockport

Children's Shakespeare Festivals

Festival Director: Peter Kennedy               
If you'd like your school to be involved click here to get in touch.

We are thrilled to develop and increase our offer to schools in Stockport through this vibrant project, which brings its final performances to the Quays Theatre at The Lowry and build on our highly successful partnership with this important regional arts venue.

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The Oldham and Rochdale

Children's Shakespeare Festivals

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Festival Director: Peter Kennedy               
If you'd like your school to be involved click here to get in touch.

 
 

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The New Vic Theatre 

Children's Shakespeare Festivals

Festival Director: Sue Harding               
If you'd like your school to be involved click here to get in touch.

Our highly regarded Festival which culminates in final performances at the New Vic Theatre continue to expand, and we are delighted to be developing our partnership with the fantastic New Vic and provide more opportunities for high quality drama experiences for schools in Staffordshire and Cheshire East.

 
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The Derby

Children's Shakespeare Festival

Festival Director: Sue Harding               
If you'd like your school to be involved click here to get in touch.

We're delighted to introduce our newest Children's Shakespeare Festival for schools in Derby, through a new partnership with Derby Theatre. For more information please get in touch.