Beautifully lyrical, full of suspense and drama, this year’s production of Romeo and Juliet will provide the first introduction to live theatre for many London teenagers, with schools attending from across every borough in the Capital. Now in its seventh year, Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank has reached 61,000 young people, with over 70% of London state schools taking part to date.
This project, one of Deutsche’s flagship educational initiatives, offers so much more than free tickets to the performances. The resources and workshops prepare the students and teachers and help to fully embed and enhance their understanding of Shakespeare. As well as in-school workshops for students to help maximise the learning opportunities around the texts, Globe Education provides Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions for teachers to encourage and support the teaching of Shakespeare in and out of the classroom. An accompanying interactive website, www.playingshakespeare.org, provides a further entertaining and in-depth learning resource for students and has a special section for teachers with creative activities and teaching ideas.
Colin Grassie, UK CEO at Deutsche Bank speaks of the importance of supporting the arts for young people: "Creating enthusiasm for the arts and motivating young people to achieve in an academic environment has never been more important. Deutsche Bank firmly believes in encouraging the next generation to strive for success, and we look forward to seeing the results of this."
Past productions have included A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, as well as a production of Romeo and Juliet in 2009.
To find out more about the project and the play, please visit www.playingshakespeare.org