Shakespeare can feel inaccessible to young people unfamiliar with his language and historical context. This is especially true for students whose first language is not English. In London, this group makes up more than 50% of students at inner city schools. Mastering Shakespeare´s pieces though is key to the national curriculum.
Globe Education's bold productions have been praised for their edgy interpretation, appealing especially to teenagers. A survey of participating students speaks for itself: 82% say that seeing a Shakespeare performance improved their understanding of the text and nine out of ten pupils said they wanted "more Shakespeare".
Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank is part of the Bank's youth engagement programme, Born to Be, which aims to inspire young people to fulfill their potential; to awaken and realise ambitions, encourage lifelong passions, provide experiences otherwise unavailable to many young people, and to help them avoid the risk of exclusion and dropping out of education.