Shakespeare Inspires is an exploration by young people in secondary schools across Cornwall of Shakespeare’s plays, themes, characters and ideas which has been granted the Inspire Mark by the London 2012 Inspire programme. Managed by Kernow Education Arts Partnership (KEAP) fifteen schools from across Cornwall came together at the Hall for Cornwall in January to perform in a gala event celebrating the bard, his place in our culture and youthful creativity and dynamism.
“The pupils at Hayle are still buzzing and have come away with such enthusiasm for Shakespeare and Theatre and are already clamouring to take part again next year.”
The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Shakespeare Inspires has itself been inspired by many things including the RSC’s World Shakespeare Festival, the opportunity for young performers to share work together and to take inspiration from each other, a chance to really delve into the work of our national and international playwright in new and innovative ways and to feel part of a community of theatre makers in Cornwall and beyond. By gaining the Inspire Mark this event is now part of a huge sporting and cultural programme committed to the values of respect, excellence and friendship. It’s also true to say that this event was one of the first of Festival Programme in the south west.
Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said: Shakespeare Inspires is encouraging young people to fulfil their potential. I am proud that with the help of partners such as KEAP we are delivering our vision to use the power of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to boost participation in high quality cultural events.
“We are delighted that our Shakespeare showcase has been included in the Inspire Programme. This is really exciting for the young theatre makers in Cornwall to know that their work is part of this bigger cultural event. And even more that that they can participate in this major sporting event without having to run a hundred metres or leap high bars!” Amanda Harris, Director, KEAP.
Shakespeare Inspires was the third annual secondary drama showcase highlighting the talents of Cornwall’s students.
“It is so uplifting to see youngsters from around the county displaying their talents… yesterday our Head of English was discussing the next section of work with her year 9 students. She told them that they would be studying Shakespeare, she was extremely surprised when the majority of the class cheered. Shakespeare really has inspired them.” Paul Graham, Hayle
“I saw quite a few of the groups and I have to say I thought the standard was excellent.” Chris Alexander, Stage Manager, Hall for Cornwall
“Another big thank you for a wonderful evening on Monday – the standard was so high, we really enjoyed the whole experience and it was so well organized by wonderful staff! And well done to all the schools – amazing stuff!” Wendy Polley, The Roseland
“It was a truly wonderful experience and a once in a lifetime chance that we all embraced!!! Thankyou!” Treviglas student